Vancouver’s Justin Forsman, who ran and lost in a race for state Senate this year and the city council last year, intends to sue a Clark County judge in federal court to restore his firearm rights.
Forsman, in documents filed Monday and Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, says he filed a petition in Clark County Superior Court in February requesting the return of his rights to possess a firearm.
Court records show Superior Court Judge Daniel Stahnke denied Forsman’s petition. The judge ruled that Forsman, who had previously been convicted of a felony, had not met the requirement that he go at least five years without any other convictions or criminal charges after his last conviction and sentence.
According to court records, Forsman’s firearm possession rights were rescinded based on five property crimes he committed as a juvenile from 2001 to 2004, and first-degree trafficking of stolen property in 2008. In 2009, he was convicted of five counts of first-degree criminal mischief and two counts of first-degree theft, both in Oregon.
In 2012, Forsman was convicted of third-degree driving with a suspended license. Based on the timing of his conviction in that case, the state argued, he’d be ineligible for restored firearms rights until late December 2018.