U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case on Domestic Violence Restraining Orders and Gun Ownership

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The U.S. Supreme Court is set to deliberate on a pivotal gun rights case that intertwines with domestic violence issues on Tuesday, revisiting the debate after overturning a New York concealed carry law last year.

The case, United States v. Rahimi, will test the constitutionality of a federal statute that bars individuals with a domestic violence restraining order from gun possession. The crux of the challenge lies in the language of the law, which, according to Clark Neily of the Cato Institute, may impact individuals who have not been found guilty of any wrongdoing but are subject to a restraining order.

Zackey Rahimi, the respondent, had a restraining order against him and contends that prohibiting him from owning a firearm violates his Second Amendment rights. His defense hinges on a recent Supreme Court decision which mandates that any examination of gun rights must consider historical precedents from the era of the nation’s founding.

His defense team maintains that there is no historical analogue to the current law that would support such a restriction on gun rights. On the other hand, the federal government upholds the law, asserting there is precedent for disarming individuals who may present a danger.

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in this significant case, a final ruling is not expected for several months.

Author: CrimeDoor

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