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Supreme Court keeps guns away from those guilty of domestic violence

by Emily Roberts | Mar 28, 2014

Great news for victims of domestic violence!

Supreme Court keeps guns away from those guilty of domestic violence 

March 26, 2014
by David G. Savage
Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday strengthened a federal law that bars anyone convicted of domestic violence from possessing a gun.

In a 9-0 decision, the high court said the ban extended to anyone who had pleaded guilty to at least a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence, even in cases in which there was no proof of violent acts or physical injury.

The ruling overturns decisions in several regions, including the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California, which had said the ban applied only to convictions that involved a "violent use of force."

At issue was a 1996 law in which Congress expanded an existing ban that applied to anyone convicted of a felony in a domestic violence case to include misdemeanor convictions.

"Domestic violence is not merely a type of 'violence,'" said Justice Sonia Sotomayor. "It is term of art encompassing acts that one might not characterize as 'violent' in a non-domestic context." It includes acts such as "pushing, grabbing, shoving, slapping and hitting," she said.

Read the full article at http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-court-guns-20140327,0,74538.story#ixzz2xIIb6II5.

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