McLaughlin v. United States

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Supreme Court of the United States

476 U.S. 16

MCLAUGHLIN  v.  UNITED STATES

Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

No. 85-5189  Argued: March 31, 1986 --- Decided: April 29, 1986

On the basis of his display of an unloaded handgun in the course of a bank robbery, petitioner was convicted under 18 U.S.C. § 2113(d), which provides an enhanced penalty for assault by use of a "dangerous weapon" during a bank robbery.

Held:

An unloaded handgun is a "dangerous weapon" within the meaning of 2113(d). Pp. 17-18.

Affirmed.

Stevens, J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court.

Stephen J. Cribari, by appointment of the Court, 474 U.S. 1003, argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs was Fred Warren Bennett.

Christopher J. Wright argued the cause for the United States. With him on the brief were Solicitor General Fried, Assistant Attorney General Trott, Deputy Solicitor General Frey, and Joel M. Gershowitz.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).