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Appeals court upholds denial of concealed carry permit for Robert Evans

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The only person who challenged his denial to get a Wisconsin concealed weapons permit has lost another court battle.

The state appellate court in Madison has upheld a Dane County judge's ruling that Robert Evans of Cottage Grove was not entitled to a concealed carry permit. That's because he was convicted of a disorderly conduct-domestic violence in 2002, when he pleaded no contest.

The 68-year-old Evans was among 5,800 people rejected for state concealed carry permits, and nobody else has challenged those denials.

Evans joins national gun rights' supporters in challenging the federal Lautenberg Amendment which Congress passed in 1996. It prohibits those convicted of domestic violence from possessing guns.

Evans claimed his conduct did not rise to the federal threshold for domestic violence, but the courts have disagreed. He said he merely pushed his step-daughter outside a door, and he claimed he did not have a domestic relationship with the victim as the law requires.

The state Justice Department said the disorderly conduct law includes physical force, and Evans' relationship to the victim qualifies under the federal definition.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)