"This is a good law that recognized that a majority of Maine homicides are caused by domestic violence and involve guns," said Cathie Wittenberg, of Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence. "People need to know that if you make a decision to beat your wife, you are also making a decision not to own guns."
What a lot of men do not realize, is that if a woman obtains a civil order for protection from domestic violence (which are NEVER heard before juries and usually most guys just agree to the entry of the order rather than fight it in court), under federal law, the man loses his constitutional right to keep and bear arms, as far as the federal and state law goes. If you get caught with a gun (hunting rifle, pistol, whatever) and there is an Order for Protection from DV with your name on it, you will be arrested and charged with a crime and your gun(s) confiscated. Argue that it is "unconstitutional" all you want, the cop isn't gonna listen to you. And, the court will not be sympathetic. Prosecutors go after DV cases with a vengeance, and the courts back them up almost every time.
I'm still waiting for our "conservative" congress to repeal a law, any law, to show they believe in "small" government. This idiotic law would be a good start. I'll watch the pyramids crumble while waiting.
Unless something about federal law regarding the VAWA has changed, if a man with a restraining order against him (routine for such orders to be permanent in some jurisdictions to make sure that sole custody of children stays with women) is caught possessing firearms or ammunition, he gets a mandatory federal prison sentence.
Everyone should lose their Second Amendment freedoms until the VAWA is repealed. Everyone should also be subject to debtors' prisons until the so-called (and revenue guzzling) Child Support Act is repealed. Violation of our Constitution is a real crime, IMO.
How can the fact that he wasn't sufficiently informed of consequences that weren't even passed into law yet have legal relevance?? Remember, the federal law was passed AFTER he plead. OTOH, the ex post facto aspect of this and similar laws is already a problem in its own right, anyway.