Supreme Court upholds federal ban on firearms for domestic violence offenders

Ruger revolver pistols Attendees hold Ruger revolver pistols during the National Rifle Association annual meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston in 2022.Patrick T. Fallon / AFP - Getty Images file

Mathew 24:12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

Important Takeaways:

  • The Supreme Court on Friday upheld a federal law that prohibits people subjected to domestic violence restraining orders from having firearms
  • The ruling indicates that some longstanding gun laws are likely to survive despite the court’s 2022 decision that expanded gun rights by finding for the first time that there is a right to bear arms outside the home under the Constitution’s Second Amendment.
  • Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that since the United States was founded “our nation’s firearm laws have included provisions preventing individuals who threaten physical harm to others from misusing firearms.”
  • The provision at issue in the case “fits comfortably within this tradition,” he added.
  • In reaching its conclusion, the court did not embrace some of the arguments made by the Biden administration in defense of the law, including that the government can disarm people who are not “responsible.”

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