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Fri September 15, 2006
Other States Watch Wyoming's Gun Lawsuit
Laramie, Wy – The state of Wyoming is pressing a gun
rights lawsuit against the federal government that some say could serve as a national test case.
The case centers on a state law that allows people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence to petition in court to expunge their records so they can regain their right to own guns.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
this year threatened to take action against Wyoming unless it took steps to repeal the law.
The A-T-F threatened to disallow the use of the approximately eleven-thousand concealed weapons permits that Wyoming has issued to its citizens as a substitute for federal background checks in firearms purchases.
The A-T-F says the Wyoming law doesn't truly expunge conviction records because it specifies that they remain in effect for purposes of enhancing any subsequent convictions.
U-S District Judge Alan Johnson is scheduled to hear arguments on the case in Cheyenne early next month.