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Supreme Court: Domestic abusers can be banned from owning firearms

Supreme Court: Domestic abusers can be banned from owning firearms

Ann E. Marimow | The Washington Post

The Supreme Court said Monday that people convicted of domestic abuse can be prevented from owning a gun, in a case that prompted the first questions from Justice Clarence Thomas in 10 years.

In a 6-to-2 decision, the court said Congress had intended to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers.

The question for the court was whether the prohibition on firearms possession applies to those convicted under state law of misdemeanor domestic abuse and specifically whether assault convictions for “reckless” conduct could trigger the gun ban.

The relatively low-profile case took on greater significance after Thomas broke his decade-long silence during oral arguments in February by asking questions of a government lawyer. Thomas’s questions centered on the reach of the court’s 2008 decision declaring a Second Amendment right to individual gun ownership.

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