Supreme Court Upholds Law Prohibiting Gun Ownership For Domestic Abusers

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- July 12, 2024
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On June 21, 2024, the Supreme Court upheld a federal law that prohibits individuals with domestic violence restraining orders from owning firearms.

The case, United States v. Rahimi, involved Zackey Rahimi, a Texas resident who challenged the law after being convicted for possessing while under such a restraining order.

Friday's decision reinforces the government's authority to restrict gun ownership in certain instances in the interest of public safety.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion in the 8-1 ruling. Clarence Thomas was the lone dissent.

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In oral arguments in November, justices on both sides of the ideological spectrum seemed to agree with the that there was a history and tradition of keeping firearms from dangerous people despite the lack of any specific ban that may have been in place when the Constitution was enacted.

Friday's ruling in the case, U.S. v. Rahimi, could have major implications for several gun-rights measures working their way through the legal system and in state legislatures.

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It could also affect current cases that deal with whether current and former drug users can similarly be denied gun ownership – like that of Hunter Biden. The president's son was convicted on criminal charges for allegedly lying on a federal registration form in 2018 about his drug addiction when buying a firearm. He is likely to appeal that conviction.

The case before the court stemmed from a lawsuit that involves a Texas man, Zackey Rahimi, who – under a DVRO – argued he still had a right to keep a gun for self-protection. Rahimi was charged with separate state offenses that began with the 2019 physical assault of his ex-girlfriend and later another woman by use of firearms.

Speaking for the majority, Roberts noted, “[W]e conclude only this: An individual found by a court to pose a credible threat to the physical safety of another may be temporarily disarmed consistent with the .”

Read the opinion here:

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