February 26, 2009
Discussion Topic: On Domestic Violence And Guns
By Dave Hurteau
In spite of its recent support for an individual right to bear arms, the Supreme Court on Tuesday adopted an expansive reading of the federal law that bans possession of firearms by those who have been convicted of felonies or of "a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence."
The meaning of the phrase about misdemeanors was the issue in United States v. Hayes, decided by a 7-2 vote.
Click on the link above to check out all the details: Basically, the decision states that even in cases where domestic violence is not explicit in the original charge, a conviction can result is loss of firearms if prosecutors can demonstrate a domestic relationship relevant to the crime.
What do you think of the decision?