A hunter and sporting enthusiast has lost his legal right to own guns. A 2015 law recategorized a 10-year-old misdemeanor into a felony – thus allowing the state to take his guns.
"According to Bates, he attended a county fair one year and discovered that a former partner, whom he was not allowed to see due to a restraining order, was also at the fair. Realizing that close proximity with his ex-girlfriend wasn’t permitted, he left the grounds. However, the incident was reported and Bates was charged with violating his abuse prevention order — a misdemeanor. Bates says he accepted the charge because it was nonviolent and wouldn’t result in the loss of any of his rights, such as his Second Amendment right to own a gun.
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