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The majority wants more. Not content to engage in the usual business of interpreting statutes, it holds this clause to be unconstitutionally vague, notwithstanding the fact that on four previous occasions we found it determinate enough for judicial application.
As Justice Alito explains, that decision cannot be reconciled with our precedents concerning the vagueness doctrine. See post, at 13—17 dissenting opinion. But even if it were a closer case under those decisions, I would be wary of holding the residual clause to be unconstitutionally vague.
Fox Television Stations, Inc. Simply put, our vagueness doctrine shares an uncomfortably similar history with substantive due process, a judicially created doctrine lacking any basis in the Constitution.
The offense of unlawfully possessing a short-barreled shotgun neither satisfies the first clause of this definition nor falls within the enumerated offenses in the second.
United States, U. Those offenses do not provide a high threshold, see id. To qualify as serious, the risk of injury generally must be closely related to the offense itself. Our precedents provide useful examples of the close relationship that must exist between the conduct of the offense and the risk presented.
At some point, in other words, the risk of injury from the crime may be too attenuated for the conviction to fall within the residual clause, such as when an additional, voluntary act e. The acts that form the basis of this offense are simply too remote from a risk of physical injury to fall within the residual clause.
Standing alone, the elements of this offense— 1 unlawfully 2 possessing 3 a short-barreled shotgun—do not describe inherently dangerous conduct.
These weapons also can be stored in a manner posing a danger to no one, such as unloaded, disassembled, or locked away.
Reported convictions support the conclusion that mere possession of a short-barreled shotgun does not, in the ordinary case, pose a serious risk of injury to others.
A few examples suffice. In one case, officers found the sawed-off shotgun locked inside a gun cabinet in an empty home.
In still another, the weapon was found missing a firing pin. In these instances and others, the offense threatened no one. Although it does not dispute that the unlawful possession of a short-barreled shotgun can occur in a nondangerous manner, the Government contends that this offense poses a serious risk of physical injury due to the connection between short-barreled shotguns and other serious crimes.
In light of that intended use, the Government reasons that the ordinary case of this possession offense will involve the use of a short-barreled shotgun in a serious crime, a scenario obviously posing a serious risk of physical injury.
But even assuming that those who unlawfully possess these weapons typically intend to use them in a serious crime, the risk that the Government identifies arises not from the act of possessing the weapon, but from the act of using it. Unlike attempted burglary at least of the type at issue in James or intentional vehicular flight—conduct that by itself often or always invites a dangerous confrontation—possession of a short-barreled shotgun poses a threat only when an offender decides to engage in additional, voluntary conduct that is not included in the elements of the crime.
Until this weapon is assembled, loaded, or used, for example, it poses no risk of injury to others in and of itself. The risk of injury to others from mere possession of this firearm is too attenuated to treat this offense as a violent felony.
I would reverse the Court of Appeals on that basis. One would have thought this proposition well established given that we have already decided four cases addressing this clause.
Justice Alito shows why that analysis is wrong under our precedents. But I have some concerns about our modern vagueness doctrine itself. Using this framework, we have nullified a wide range of enactments.
We have struck down laws ranging from city ordinances, Papachristou v. We have struck down laws whether they are penal, Lanzetta v. New Jersey, U. Board of Regents of Univ. New York, U.
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