I work as a Probation Officer in a small town in New Mexico and have noticed a alarming thing happening in the last few years. It all started with the best of intentions in dealing with domestic violence. A law was passed that if you are convicted of battery on a household member, you are not allowed to purchase, or possess, a firearm. It was designed to protect women from violent men who beat them, and if you are talking about the serious abusers, it is logical. But the law is so broad that it includes such things as throwing a cup of water in the middle of an argument, shoving your daughters live in boyfriend when he is drunk and abusive, and my favorite was the guy who threw a picture frame to the floor and a sliver of glass flew across the room and cut a 1/4 inch cut in the girlfriends ankle. Each of these individuals plead guilty as they had not talked to a lawyer and did not think it was a big deal. Until later when they find out they have lost thier right to possess a firearm, period. From the numbers I have personally seen convicted of this misdemeanor, it would amount to hundred of individuals in this state, and across the country it would be in the thousands. And no one seems to be taking notice.