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If You Have Been Convicted of a Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence, You May be Denied the Right to Purchase a Handgun

by | Feb 4, 2015

You will be denied the right to purchase a handgun if:

Wisconsin disqualifiers:

1.    You have been convicted of a felony in Wisconsin or an offense elsewhere that would be a felony in Wisconsin.

2.    You are found not guilty of a felony in Wisconsin by reason of mental disease or defect or elsewhere for an offense that would be a felony in Wisconsin.

3.    You are an adjudicated delinquent for an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult in Wisconsin.

4.    You are involuntarily committed for treatment of mental illness, drug dependency or developmental disability.

5.    You are subject to a harassment, domestic abuse or child abuse injunction prohibiting the possession of a firearm.

Additional federal disqualifiers:

1.    Illegal or unlawful aliens.

2.    Persons who have renounced U.S. citizenship.

3.    Persons dishonorably discharged.

4.    Persons adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to any mental institution.

5.    Unlawful users addicted to controlled substances, drug convictions within the last year at misdemeanor and county/city ordinance level.

6.    Convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

7.    Fugitive from justice.

Federal law requires Wisconsin to deny based on federal disqualifiers as well as those established by Wisconsin law.For more information see:  www.doj.state.wi.us. or Koll v. Department of Justice, 2009 WI App 74, 317 Wis. 2d 753, 679 N.W. 2d 69.

Written by Vanden Heuvel & Dineen, S.C.

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