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Posted on 05/11/2006 10:42:47 AM PDT by archy
Wyoming sues feds over gun rights
By TOM MORTON
Star-Tribune staff writer
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Wyoming is suing the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court, centers on whether its the federal government or the state that has the final authority to restore gun rights to those guilty of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses.
Under federal law, people convicted of any misdemeanor crime of domestic violence used to be prohibited from possessing a firearm. In 1986, that changed: Those convicted could own a gun if their records were expunged.
A new Wyoming law, passed in 2004, set up a process for letting people convicted of misdemeanor offenses -- including, but not specifically, domestic violence acts -- regain their gun rights. The state, however, used a different definition of "expunge," setting off a series of battles with ATF.
In July 2005, ATF said it would notify federally licensed firearms dealers that concealed weapons permits from Wyoming were invalid unless the state changed its law.
Monday's lawsuit is the state's most recent response.
"The BATF's actions are an illegal attempt to force BATF's will upon the Wyoming Attorney General and Wyoming's duly elected legislature," wrote Attorney General Pat Crank and Senior Assistant Attorney General C. Levi Martin.
Good for Wyoming.
Good for Wisconsin.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms ... What a freakin' bunch of ass clowns.
From my cold dead hands.
Would you please ping me to any of your Wyoming pings?
Now, thru administrative law, the Second Amendment is attacked. Sneaky.
There is a shadow government left by the Clintoons, I am convinced.
Those clowns should be putting tax stamps on whiskey bottles and cigarettes and nothing else. If it were up to me I'd make sure those stamps had to be licked, one at a time. None of that self-adhesive stuff, no way.
I wish someone would sue Mass. and CA
If you own a gun in either state you are a criminal don't you know.
Bump for Wyoming's courage in facing down the jackbooted thugs of the ATF.
Recon they need border walls around them thar states? To keep them away from usn's since we ain't as smart as they is.
I sure will, and you're of course most welcome.
I run into this across the nation and jurisdictions.
The same thing is called different names.
It does boil down to 6 of one 1/2 dozen of the other.
only a bureacrat would love this.
Really, are you should lay off the MSM koolaid. I know hundreds of legal gun owning Californians. We also have lots of hunting in this state. Care to elaborate how that can come about if owning firearms here is illegal?
they must mean outlawing by regulation into inconvenience.
This is akin to Clintonista Mineta who continues to make the armed airline pilot program SO incovieninet and burdensome with rules that it functionally does not exist.
Thanks my friend. :-)
There are lots (probably numbering over a million) of active gun owners in this state and all the gun stores in my area are doing well. As far as the climate of inconvenience, that is a problem but not unsurmountable, and there are the liberal antigun pockets like SF.
I am hardly an expert but I can see with my own two eyes. No one I know goes out in the woods unarmed.