November 8, 2023

Supreme Court Expected to Uphold Gun Ban for Domestic Abusers

The Supreme Court appears set to uphold a ruling that blocks domestic abusers from legally owning firearms, according to oral arguments on Tuesday.

The ruling will be the first Supreme Court case this year in a decision with wide-ranging consequences for many Americans.

"A Texas man’s challenge of his conviction under the domestic violence gun law has forced the justices to consider the limits of their recent expansion and perhaps clarify the test for lower courts that have voiced confusion," the Hill reported.

"Zackey Rahimi was placed under a restraining order after he dragged his girlfriend, with whom he has a child, into a parking lot and attempted to shoot a witness. Rahimi later participated in a series of five shootings, court filings show, and was indicted on the gun charge after police searched Rahimi’s home and found a rifle and a pistol," it added.

"Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar, who represents the government before the Supreme Court, urged the justices to correct what she said was the 'profound misreading' of their June 2022 decision in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen," CBS News reported.

She added the decision "has had 'destabilizing consequences' and led to invalidations by lower courts of widely accepted gun restrictions like those disarming convicted felons."

While there was little argument among justices concerning the individual involved in the case, the decision could have widespread consequences, including unintended changes for other Americans.

Second Amendment advocates will be watching the case closely to make sure that there are no issues that harm law-abiding citizens from continuing to practice their rights.

The case's ruling is expected soon, with the Biden administration hoping for a ruling that it can call a win ahead of the 2024 primaries.

The case is one of at least two Second Amendment cases to be held by the court this session, as the issue continues to remain of importance to many Americans.

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