SCOTUS upholds gun ban for people with domestic abuse restraining orders

by ian

In an 8-1 decision the Supreme Court upheld a federal law banning people under restraining orders for domestic violence from owning guns.

In the majority opinion Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “Since the founding, our Nation’s firearm laws have included provisions preventing individuals who threaten physical harm to others from misusing firearms.”

The lone dissent came from Justice Clarence Thomas, who said his fellow justices failed to “point to a single historical law revoking a citizen’s Second Amendment right based on possible interpersonal violence.”

He said the government should only be able to take away someone’s gun rights if they’ve been convicted of a crime.