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24 November 2013

No Guns for Those Convicted of Domestic Violence

It's about time the federal government took steps to prevent those convicted of domestic violence from ever owning a gun again -- for the rest of their lives. A man convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence challenged the constitutionality of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9), a federal statute passed in 1996 to reduce domestic gun violence. He lost his appeal and the ban on gun ownership by persons convicted of domestic violence stands. This is good news for victims and survivors. 

 "The government has demonstrated that domestic violence misdemeanants are likely to commit acts of domestic violence again and that, if they do so with a gun, the risk of death to the victim is significantly increased," Judge Harry Pregerson wrote for the panel. See Courthouse News.

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