The Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments on a law that prohibits certain individuals accused of domestic violence from purchasing firearms. Supporters from both sides of the issue gathered outside the court this morning.
CBS News Chief legal correspondent, Jan Crawford, provides insight into the case. She explains that the dispute revolves around a federal law that bars individuals with restraining orders for domestic violence from owning guns.
The case originates from Texas, where a man with a restraining order for making threats towards his ex-girlfriend was found with firearms in his apartment. He is challenging the federal law, asserting his Second Amendment right to bear arms since he has not been convicted or indicted.
The Biden Administration is advocating for the preservation of the law, arguing that it is crucial to uphold principles dating back to the country’s founding. The opposing counsel contends that the law must be precise and align with the intentions of the Founding Fathers.
During the court proceedings, it appeared that the majority of the justices were leaning towards upholding the law and aligning with the Biden Administration’s position. Notably, even the conservative justices have varied opinions on gun cases, but in this instance, they seem inclined to support the federal law.
The main objective of this case is to establish guidance and clarity for future legal challenges to gun restrictions. The justices seem to agree that individuals under restraining orders for domestic violence should not have access to firearms..