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Supreme Court upholds law banning domestic abusers from having guns

Supreme Court upholds law banning domestic abusers from having guns
The court ruled 8-1 that a person who has been found by a court to pose a credible threat to the physical safety of another may be temporarily disarmed.

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The Supreme Court has upheld a federal law that prohibits people who are subject to domestic violence restraining orders from having firearms. The ruling was 8-1, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority opinion. The decision reversed a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, which struck down the gun possession ban for alleged domestic abusers. The case, known as U.S. v. Rahimi, was the first involving the Second Amendment heard by the court following its landmark June 2022 ruling that expanded gun rights and set out a new legal framework for determining when firearms restrictions are constitutional. The ruling was cheered by President Biden and gun violence prevention groups, which said the majority of the court has recognized that commonsense gun laws are allowed under the Second Amendment. The impacts of the decision are likely to factor into challenges involving other gun laws that are moving through the lower courts or awaiting action from the justices.

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