"Use" of a firearm in a drug transaction
The Supreme Court ruled today in Watson v. US. Watson concerned a defendant who got a lengthy sentence for a use of a firearm in drug offense, where he bartered drugs in exchange for getting a gun.
The Court, per Justice Souter, holds that *receiving* the gun in such a trade is not "using" it. The majority distinguishes earlier case law holding that *giving* the gun in such a deal can be using it. Justice Ginsburg concurs with a note that she'd overrule the earlier case relating to giving, as well: the likely Congressional intent was to punish "use" in the sense of using a gun as a tool, not just as property for barter.