A federal appeals court says illegal immigrants don't have a right to own firearms under the U.S. Constitution.

Emmanuel Huitron-Guizar of Wyoming pleaded guilty to being an illegal immigrant in possession of firearms after his arrest last year. His attorney appealed the case, saying illegal immigrants are not excluded from possessing firearms like felons and people who are mentally ill, reports ABC News.

The 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Monday that illegal immigrants have only limited protection under the Constitution. The issue was not addressed in the 2008 Heller decision that overturned the District of Columbia's handgun ban.

In its ruling, the court disagreed with Huitron-Guizar's claim that Congress may not "discriminate against non-citizens by not allowing them to have all the constitutional rights that United States citizens have."

Read the full ABC News story.

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