"The intention of anybody possessing a firearm is irrelevant."
The mere act of possessing it, however briefly, is illegal. So here's a guy, Paul Clarke (a former soldier and upstanding citizen, from the looks of it) who found a gun and brought it to the police station to "get it off the streets" ... and he has just been convicted. Clarke faces five years in prison. The jury had no choice:
Prosecuting, Brian Stalk, explained to the jury that possession of a firearm was a "strict liability" charge — therefore Mr. Clarke's allegedly honest intent was irrelevant. Just by having the gun in his possession he was guilty of the charge, and has no defence in law against it.
Today, on Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for the American heroes who wrested our country from the tyranny of exactly these kinds of laws.