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Fri June 1, 2007
Wyoming Will Appeal Decision in Favor of ATF
By Kristin Espeland
Laramie, WY – Wyoming plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling in favor of the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms over gun rights for those with domestic violence convictions. Wyoming state lawmakers added a law to Wyoming statute recently that allowed someone with a first time misdemeanor in domestic violence to win those rights back. But the ATF took Wyoming to court, saying its authority trumps wyoming's. Until the appeals process concludes Wyoming attorney general pat crank says that offenders can still request what's called an expungement or partial erasure of their record in order to win gun rights back. Crank and other state officials say first-time offenders whose offense did not involve a firearm should not have their second amendment rights taken away for good. The ATF contends that Wyoming's law does not go far enough to allow the restoration of those rights.