WPR News
9:27 am
Thu January 8, 2009

Senator tries gun law tweak

Cheyenne, Wy – Some Wyoming lawmakers want to make certain that people accused of misdemeanor domestic violence realize that pleading guilty will cost them their federal gun
rights.
A bill drafted for the legislative session that starts Tuesday
would require judges to inform defendants that a misdemeanor
domestic violence conviction would cost them their gun rights. The
bill would also classify domestic violence as a serious offense
requiring defendants to have legal representation.
Republican Sen. Cale Case of Lander is the bill's main sponsor.
He was also the author of a 2004 state law that sought to establish
a procedure for misdemeanor domestic violence convicts to expunge
their first conviction and regain their firearms rights. The
federal courts later rejected that law.