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Accidental Shooting of Illinois Teen - Shooter Arrested

Posted on the 02 May 2012 by Mikeb302000
The News Gazette reports
An Urbana teen is in police custody for accidentally shooting his cousin in the knee over the weekend.
William L. Ayres Jr., 19, was arrested late Monday morning.
2:30 p.m. Saturday, sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a call on Prairie Green in which an 18-year-old man claimed to have been shot in a drive-by shooting.
"William was playing with a gun as they were sitting in a room listening to music." 
Because of a prior conviction, Ayres is not allowed to possess a weapon.
Is an 19-year-old ever allowed to own a gun in Illinois? Even if he didn't have a prior conviction, would his owning a gun be legal?
 It seems like the prior conviction is the thing that got him arrested, not the mis-handling of the gun.
What do you think? Please leave a comment.

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