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Legislation that would prohibit possession or carrying of guns by people convicted of domestic violence or who had a protective order against them cleared a Senate committee Wednesday on its way to the full Senate.

The Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee endorsed HB206 on a 4-0 vote after it was amended to more clearly define protective orders subject to the weapons restriction to include ones in which the subject had a chance to participate in a court hearing prior to its issuance and which restrains that person from harassing, threatening or stalking an intimate partner or child.

HB206, which already passed the House, would enact into state law similar restrictions as already exist in federal law, which supporters say would allow more state and local resources to be used in its enforcement.

— Dan Harrie