New Law Says Domestic Abuse Suspects Cannot Own a Gun

(TheConservativeTimes.org) – The Supreme Court has announced a ruling stating those who have restraining orders for suspected domestic abuse are not allowed to own guns in the United States. This decision was made with an eight-to-one vote, and it upholds a law preventing suspected domestic abusers the right to own guns.

A lower court tried dismissing the federal ruling saying that it is not “consistent with the nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation.” Chief Justice John Roberts and his colleagues made the vote, with just one in opposition to the rest and Roberts said that this ruling is in line with “what common sense suggests.”

Roberts continued, “When an individual poses a clear threat of physical violence to another, the threatening individual may be disarmed.”

The one member in opposition was Justice Clarence Thomas, the most conservative member of the group. He said, “Today’s decision puts at risk the Second Amendment rights of many more.”

The whole case revolved around one person, Zackey Rahimi, a Texas man connected with public shootings and with a history of armed violence against past girlfriends. Afterwards, he was not allowed to carry any weapons, but continued to own them and was involved in five shootings.

Two years ago, a ruling said that gun rights were expanded to protect a broad right to carry a firearm outside the home for self-defense. This pushed Rahimi to file an appeal against his conviction and his lawyer stated that there was no “historical precedent” of people being disarmed for a restraining order.

In Robert’s statement he said, “Since the founding, our Nation’s firearm laws have included provisions preventing individuals who threaten physical harm to others from misusing firearms.”

He continued, “When a restraining order contains a finding that an individual poses a credible threat to the physical safety of an intimate partner, that individual may, consistent with the Second Amendment, be banned from possessing firearms.”

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