WPR News
8:15 am
Wed August 27, 2008

Gun rights law tossed out by federal appeals court

Laramie, Wy – A federal appeals court has ruled against a Wyoming law that allows people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence to regain their gun rights. The tenth circuit court of appeals ruled that the law failed to meet federal guidelines. Under the law, people could apply for reinstatement of their gun rights, and have their misdemeanor domestic violence offense expunged. Jennifer Zenor (zee-nor) is the director of the coalition against domestic violence and sexual assault. Her organization did not oppose the bill when it was passed by the legislature.

"One of the unintended consequences of the federal law was that judges and prosecutors would be less likely to convict someone of domestic violence issues, because someone would be likely to lose their gun rights."

But Zenor admits that there was concern about the fact that a violent individual could again have the chance to own guns. Attorney General Bruce Salzburg is reviewing the ruling and says the legislature may have a chance to draft a different version of the law in an attempt to satisfy the courts.