Supreme Court Upholds Limits on Gun Ownership in Domestic Violence Cases

Author: Partners | Date: July 3, 2024

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In a landmark decision handed down on June 21st, 2024, the Supreme Court of the United States has reinforced measures aimed at enhancing safety for individuals affected by domestic violence. The ruling upholds restrictions preventing individuals convicted of violent crimes, particularly those involving domestic violence, from owning firearms.

The Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Rahimi affirms the constitutionality of laws that restrict individuals with domestic violence restraining orders from possessing guns. This ruling reinforces existing legal frameworks that prioritize the protection of victims in domestic abuse situations.

The case originated from a challenge to state laws that prohibit individuals with active domestic violence restraining orders from owning guns. The Court’s decision emphasizes the critical role of firearm restrictions in enhancing safety and reducing harm in domestic violence scenarios.

Implications for Domestic Violence Prevention

For organizations like Partners (Partners for Women and Justice Inc.), dedicated to supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, this decision holds profound significance. It validates legal measures designed to protect victims and underscores the dangers posed by firearms in abusive relationships. Restricting access to guns is a crucial step toward ensuring the safety and well-being of survivors.

“It was important for the Supreme Court to make this critical – and correct – decision to preserve the rights and protections of our survivors. Hopefully, this support from the majority of the Supreme Court will continue in the state of New Jersey and across the country.”

Leslie K. Brown, Executive Director, Partners

Partners plays a pivotal role in New Jersey in advocating for low income victims of domestic violence, offering essential legal services, advice, and support. Our efforts aim to empower survivors and assist them in navigating legal challenges, ensuring they can rebuild their lives free from violence and intimidation.

Moving Forward

As this Supreme Court decision sets a precedent, it reinforces the responsibility of lawmakers and communities to prioritize the safety of domestic violence survivors. By upholding restrictions on gun ownership in domestic violence cases, the Court reaffirms the commitment to preventing further harm and supporting survivors on their journey toward safety and recovery.

This decision marks a significant advancement in efforts to safeguard individuals from domestic violence. By upholding limits on gun ownership for those with histories of domestic violence, the Court affirms that protecting vulnerable individuals must remain a paramount concern in our society.

For more information on how Partners supports victims of domestic violence and their advocacy efforts, please visit Partners here.

About Partners: Our Mission

Partners, formally Partners for Women and Justice, is a non-profit public interest law firm committed to making a meaningful impact in the lives of domestic violence and sexual assault victims. We have been dedicated to providing legal representation, advice, and counseling sessions to those in need. Our mission extends beyond gender boundaries, as we proudly serve women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

You can provide victims with a path to safety and relief by donating to Partners. With your support, we can help them emerge from abuse stronger, braver, safer, and empowered.

Click here to learn more about Partners and our mission to support victims of domestic violence and sexual assualt.