This is a tricky case to get behind, due to the sole fact that it doesn’t take much to accuse someone of domestic abuse. Sometimes, most of the cases are merely ‘he said’/’she said’. Real domestic abusers should be banned. No doubt. But their crimes should be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to loosen restrictions that prevent individuals convicted of misdemeanor counts of domestic violence from owning a gun.
The court, in a 6-2 ruling, was unpersuaded by arguments from two Maine men who said their past convictions weren’t the type that should subject them to a federal ban on firearm possession.
One of the men found himself in hot water for shooting a bald eagle. When authorities later discovered a past domestic violence conviction, they added a new charge that he possessed a firearm in violation of a federal ban on gun ownership by domestic abusers.
The men argued that prior domestic abuse convictions shouldn’t trigger the gun ban if those prior offenses potentially involved only reckless behavior and not intentionally violent conduct.