Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Thursday, March 27, 2014

SCOTUS Upholds Domestic Violence Enforcement Ban on Guns

Yesterday, the US Supreme Court decided US v. Castleman, in an opinion by Justice Sotomayor.  The Court held that intentionally or knowingly causing bodily injury to a family member “has, as an element, the use . . . of physical force,” 18 U. S. C. § §921(a)(33)(A)(ii), and thus constitutes a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence,” §922(g)(9).  A person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence is forbidden from possessing firearms.  The defendant here was selling firearms on the black market.  For more, see Adam Liptak, NYT, Sweeping Ruling on Domestic Violence; Ms., Supremes Disarm Domestic Abuser

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