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Published on June 21, 2024
Supreme Court Stands Firm with Victims, Bans Firearms for Individuals with Domestic Violence Orders, Endorsed by AG Raoul and AlliesSource: Google Street View

In a significant recent Supreme Court ruling, domestic violence survivors can feel a measure of safety following the decision in U.S. v. Rahimi. Upholding the federal law that prohibits individuals under domestic violence restraining orders from firearms possession, the Court aligns with Attorney General Kwame Raoul and a coalition of 25 attorneys general who sought to maintain these protections. "For decades, federal law has barred individuals who are subject to domestic violence restraining orders from possessing firearms," Raoul stated, highlighting the straightforward relationship between intimate partner violence and gun access.

In his reaction to the ruling, obtained by the Illinois Attorney General's office, Raoul refers to the perilously intertwined nature of intimate partner violence and firearms, citing them as the predominant cause of intimate partner homicides. He emphasized that the presence of a firearm in a domestic abuser's possession escalates the risk of murder by five times. While drafting the amicus brief, Raoul, joined by allies, argued that existing laws like those in Illinois play a pivotal role in slashing intimate partner homicide rates.

However, the implications of domestic violence stretch across the fabric of society, touching corners far from the immediate intimacy of home. The Attorney General's office draws on a chilling statistic: 60% of mass shootings between 2014 and 2019 were either direct instances of domestic violence or carried out by individuals with histories of such behavior. This data paints a broader canvas of public safety concerns, underscoring the links between private acts of violence and their public consequences.

With this recent decision, a clear line has been drawn in the sand; as Raoul succinctly put it, "Domestic abusers are dangerous and should not have access to firearms. Full stop." This stance reflects a no-nonsense approach favored by many advocates for gun violence prevention and reinforces the sentiment that keeping firearms out of abusers' hands is a victory for the well-being of a community. Attorney General Raoul's office says that the decision marks a commonsense win for public safety and the mitigation of gun-related tragedies.