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Fri September 8, 2006
Gun Groups Lend Support to Wyoming's Federal Law Suit
Cheyenne, WY – Two national gun rights groups are supporting Wyoming's lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners Foundation have both filed friend-of-the-court briefs supporting Wyoming's challenge to the federal agency.
The state sued the A-T-F in May over its rejection of a state law that allows people with misdemeanor convictions for domestic violence to petition in state court to regain their right to carry
Federal law prohibits people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from owning guns. The A-T-F has said that Wyoming's law allowing people to petition in court to expunge their misdemeanor records fails to pass federal muster. It maintains that the expunged conviction could still count against a person as a previous conviction if they ever got in trouble with the law again.
Governor Freudenthal says he's heartened that the N-R-A and the Gun Owners Foundation are helping the state to stand up to the federal agency's heavy-handed tactics.
Arguments in the case are scheduled before U-S District Judge Alan Johnson next month in Cheyenne.