SCOTUS: No Guns for DV Perps!


This morning in Voisine v. United Statesthe United States Supreme Court ruled that domestic violence perpetrators are prohibited from owning firearms.  Justice Elena Kagan wrote the a 6-2 decision:

The federal ban on firearms possession applies to any person with a prior misdemeanor conviction for the “use . . . of physical force” against a domestic relation. §921(a)(33)(A). That language, naturally read, encompasses acts of force undertaken recklessly—i.e., with conscious disregard of a substantial risk of harm. And the state-law backdrop to that provision, which included misdemeanor assault statutes covering reckless conduct in a significant majority of jurisdictions, indicates that Congress meant just what it said. Each petitioner’s possession of a gun, following a conviction under Maine law for abusing a domestic partner, therefore violates §922(g)(9). We accordingly affirm the judgment of the Court of Appeals.

Thank you, Justices Kagan, Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, and Alito.

See also:

The Deadly Mix of Guns and Domestic Violence,” New York Times editorial opinion, 7/1/16

Analysis:  What Do Many Mass Shooters Have In Common?  A History of Domestic Violence  Take Violence Against Women Seriously.  It’s a red flag. by Nancy Leong, Washington Post, 6/15/2017

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