A domestic violence case before the Supreme Court, U.S. v Rahimi, will determine the fate of existing laws that prevent abusers from having guns. At issue is a law that prohibits the possession of firearms by abusers subject to domestic-violence restraining orders. Preventing abusers from having a gun saves lives. But in 2022 a domestic violence perpetrator in Texas, Zackey Rahimi, protested this law claiming it violated his Second Amendment rights. In 2020 Rahimi had dragged his girlfriend into his car, hit her head on the dashboard, and shot at a witnessing bystander. Texas courts granted his girlfriend a restraining order, which then made it illegal for Rahimi to carry a gun. But Rahimi kept his guns. In the months that followed, he threatened another woman with a gun and was involved in five shootings. While he was eventually arrested and remains in jail, the case made its way to the Supreme Court after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in February of this year that the Second Amendment grants abusers the right to keep their guns, even if they have a restraining order against them. On November 7th the Supreme Court heard arguments in this case. The forthcoming ruling will determine the future of our ability to enact laws that keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.
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