Appeals Court: Felons Firearms Ban is Constitutional
Man fighting charges over deer hunting trip in 2008
MADISON, Wis.-A state appeals court sways Wisconsin's ban on felons possessing firearms is constitutional. Thomas Pocian of Harford Wisconsin is fighting charges that he went deer hunting with his father's gun in 2008 even though he was convicted of felony forgery in 1986. He argued the state's prohibition on felons possessing guns is unconstitutionally broad and shouldn't apply to him because he didn't commit a violent crime.
The second court of appeals disagreed.
The court pointed to a 2010 federal appeals court ruling that found banning felons from possessing guns is constitutional adding no state law banning felons from having guns has ever been struck down.
The court said the bans applies to Pocian because he committed a felony. Pocian's attorney didn't return a phone call to the Associated Press on Wednesday morning.