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Supreme Court upholds 1994 NY gun law to protect domestic violence victims

June 21, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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WASHINGTON, DC — THE U.S. SUPREME COURT HAS RULED 8-1 TO UPHOLD a federal gun control law intended to protect victims of domestic violence. The justices’ ruling, handed down on Friday, June 21, marked their first case on the Second Amendment since the nation’s highest court expanded gun rights in 2022 with a decision that Associate Justice Clarence Thomas authored in the case New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, Superintendent of New York State Police. Justice Thomas was the lone dissenter on Friday’s decision upholding a 1994 ban on firearms for people under restraining orders to stay away from their spouses or partners. The justices reversed a ruling from the federal appeals court in New Orleans that had struck down the law.  Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the court, said the law uses “common sense” and applies only “after a judge determines that an individual poses a credible threat” of physical violence.

Incorporating U.S. history into his decision, Chief Justice Roberts wrote, “Since the founding, our nation’s firearm laws have included provisions preventing individuals who threaten physical harm to others from misusing firearms.”

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