Wisconsin’s ban is currently being challenged. Leevan Roundtree was convicted of felony failure to pay child support in 2003. Subsequently, police executed a search warrant in Mr. Roundtree’s home. Ultimately, Mr. Roundtree was convicted of felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced to 18 months in prison and 18 months of supervision.
Mr. Roundtree appealed his conviction to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. In his appeal, Mr. Roundtree argued that his conviction violated his constitutional rights. Specifically, Mr. Roundtree argued that it was a violation of the 2nd Amendment for the State of Wisconsin to ban non-violent felons from possessing a firearm for life. He argues that a lifetime ban is only constitutional when applied to those convicted of a violent felony crime.
The Court of Appeals denied Mr. Roundtree’s appeal. In doing so, the Court cited previous Wisconsin cases which have found the right to possess a firearm is subject to reasonable restrictions, including keeping guns out of the hands of felons in order to further public safety. These previous court decisions ruled it was appropriate for a state to forbid possession of firearms by any and all convicted felons based on the legitimate state purpose of protecting the public from the misuse of firearms. The Court in Mr. Roundtree’s case echoed these previous court decisions.
Mr. Roundtree has appealed his case to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The Court heard oral arguments on September 11, 2020, and its decision is forthcoming.
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