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SCOTUS Hears Arguments on Guns for Domestic Abusers, Agrees to Hear “Bump Stock” Case

HeadlineNov 08, 2023

The Supreme Court appears poised to uphold a federal ban on gun possession for people under domestic violence restraining orders. This comes more than a year after the far-right majority on the Supreme Court struck down a century-old New York law that limited the carrying of concealed handguns outside the home, requiring new gun laws to adhere to historic, centuries-old gun standards. As the justices heard oral arguments inside the courthouse Tuesday, gun safety and violence prevention advocates rallied outside the Supreme Court.

Tarria Stanley: “I’ve been hesitant to share my story, but I know the importance of using my voice in these spaces, because I know many other victims of abuse are not able to share their stories. And even worse, many of them have not been able to leave their situations alive. And there is no doubt in my mind that if my abuser was able to get their hands on a gun, the stab wound on my chest, that I look at every morning, would have been a gunshot wound, and I would not be standing in front of you all today.”

A decision in the case is not expected until June of next year.

In related news, on Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case challenging the 2018 federal ban on “bump stocks,” which can turn semiautomatic rifles into fully automatic machine guns. The ban came in the wake of a 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, when a gunman opened fire on a country music festival, killing 60 people and injuring hundreds. He fired more than 1,000 rounds during the massacre, thanks to the use of bump stocks.

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