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STATEMENT: Supreme Court Preserves Sensible Gun Violence Law To Protect Domestic Violence Survivors While Upholding New Legal Test
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STATEMENT: Supreme Court Preserves Sensible Gun Violence Law To Protect Domestic Violence Survivors While Upholding New Legal Test

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a law prohibiting people with domestic violence restraining orders from possessing firearms remains constitutional. In response, Sabrina Talukder, director of the Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:

This ruling upholds an effective and sensible gun violence prevention policy that has kept domestic violence survivors safe for more than 27 years. But survivors should never have been put in this unconscionable position in the first place. By potentially upending sensible gun laws due to an arbitrary new test, the justices opened the door for overturning other similar laws that have protected women for decades. However, this test is still valid, meaning that this case should serve as a cautionary tale: Women will disproportionately suffer when the judiciary replaces legal precedent with personal politics.

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