Cheyenne, Wy – A lawyer for the state of Wyoming asked a panel of federal judges in Denver to uphold a state law that allows people
convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence to regain their firearms
But an opposing federal lawyer representing the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told the three-judge
panel that the state law fails to achieve its objective of making
those with misdemeanor convictions eligible to own firearms again.
To reach a decision in the case, the three judges with the 10th
Circuit Court of Appeals will have to decide what Congress meant
when it specified that states have authority to set aside or
expunge convictions that otherwise would bar citizens from gun
ownership. The case has attracted attention from groups on both
sides of the national gun-control debate.