The U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to maintain a federal law that prohibits individuals with domestic violence restraining orders from possessing firearms. This consensus emerged during the Court’s review, with both liberal and conservative justices signaling support for the measure.
The law’s enforcement is crucial as guns were involved in 57% of domestic killings in 2020, and on average, 70 women are fatally shot by intimate partners each month. The Court’s decision could have significant implications, including on high-profile cases.
Advocacy groups emphasize the heightened risk of lethality when abusers have access to firearms, supporting the necessity of such gun control measures. The Supreme Court’s final ruling will determine the future application of this three-decade-old ban, which aims to protect victims of domestic violence.
Primary Source: ABC 7 Chicago