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Should all domestic violence convictions strip away gun rights?

There are many facets to the gun control debate beyond those that make the most headlines. One important place where Second Amendment rights often runs into personal safety is where domestic violence is involved.

In Michigan, judges can take away gun rights for those convicted of domestic violence, but the law does not automatically take away the right to own a gun for a domestic violence conviction. Many anti-domestic abuse advocates say that stricter laws would prevent many deaths at the hands of abusive spouses. In response, several state legislatures, including in Wisconsin, have considered gun bans after a domestic violence conviction.

As the News Herald reports, there is no such law in Michigan. But federal law does prohibit purchase, ownership or possession of gun or ammunition after certain cases of domestic violence. Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a bill last year that would have allowed some people with a personal protective order against them for domestic violence to carry a concealed handgun.

Those accused of domestic violence may see many of their rights taken away if convicted. Besides possibly losing their Second Amendment rights, the accuser might take out a protective order against you, preventing you from living in your home or seeing your children. If your employer finds out about the arrest, you could get fired, even though you have not yet been convicted of anything.

Domestic violence is a very serious matter for everyone involved. A person accused of domestic assault should find a defense attorney as soon as possible.

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