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Court Finds Violation of Illinois Statute Pertaining to Possession of Weapons by Felons Is Not an Aggravated Felony

The Seventh Circuit granted the petition for review and remanded, finding that the LPR petitioner, who had been convicted of a felony and was subsequently convicted of possessing a weapon in violation of 720 ILCS 5/24–1.1(a), was not convicted of an aggravated felony pursuant to INA §101(a)(43). The court held that Illinois’s definition of a “firearm” is broader than that of its federal counterpart, and thus a conviction under the statute could not be treated as an aggravated felony.

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