The federal law that bans convicted felons from owning guns was expanded in 1996 to include people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence. Wyoming wanted the ability to expunge these convictions for the purposes of restoring firearms rights yet keep them intact for the purposes of enhancing punishment for subsequent convictions. In May a judge said they couldn’t have it both ways, and now the state is fighting the decision. From an Associated Press article in the Billings Gazette:
_Wyoming this week filed its opening brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver, challenging a ruling issued in May by U.S. District Judge Alan Johnson of Cheyenne. . . .
The state argues that Congress has specified that states should be able to set up their own systems of restoring gun rights to people convicted of domestic violence by erasing the disqualifying conviction.
“The BATF is attempting to administratively undo what Congress has legislatively done,” the brief states. “The BATF simply does not agree, on a policy basis, with the Wyoming Legislature’s decision and has self-appointed itself the omnipotent role of deciding who should, and should not, possess firearms.”_
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