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Fri Jun 21, 2024, 11:34 AM Jun 21

Don't just credit the Supreme Court today for keeping domestic abusers from guns [View all]

...when it's actually the Biden administration which has successfully persuaded them to not allow domestic abusers to purchase deadly firearms, closing the 'boyfriend loophole.'

BREAKING: The Supreme Court upheld a law prohibiting the possession of firearms by anyone subject to domestic-violence restraining orders.

The families of abuse victims are relieved: “It’s just common sense.”


___According to court records, in December 2019, a Texas man named Zackey Rahimi physically assaulted his then-girlfriend in a parking lot and shot at a bystander who witnessed the assault. In February 2020 his ex was granted a two-year protective order against him, which suspended his handgun license and prohibited him from possessing firearms. He was later arrested for violating the protective order, and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon when threatening another woman with a gun. He then participated in a series of five shootings, which eventually led to a federal indictment for possessing guns while under a restraining order.

After the Supreme Court’s 2022 Bruen decision established a new test for gun laws, a conservative appeals court reheard the case. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Rahimi, “while hardly a model citizen,” is “entitled to the Second Amendment’s guarantees.” The Fifth Circuit ruled the gun restriction against Rahimi should not stand, because, according to the majority opinion, they said there was no tradition of such gun bans in U.S. history.

The Biden administration asked the Supreme Court to weigh in. “Governments have long disarmed individuals who pose a threat to the safety of others, and Section 922(g)(8) falls comfortably within that tradition,” argued U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar in a brief.


...the 'Safer Communities Act,' signed by President Biden in 2022, extended federal firearms-related restrictions to individuals convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors against dating partners.

June 23, 2022 - The Senate gun bill would close the 'boyfriend loophole.' Here's what that means


March 14, 2023
FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces New Actions to Reduce Gun Violence and Make Our Communities Safer

...the President is directing the Attorney General to move the U.S. as close to universal background checks as possible without additional legislation by clarifying, as appropriate, the statutory definition of who is “engaged in the business” of dealing in firearms, as updated by the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. This move would mean fewer guns will be sold without background checks, and therefore fewer guns will end up in the hands of felons and domestic abusers.

...this week:

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