In United States v. Rahimi, the U.S. Supreme Court will determine the constitutionality, under the Second Amendment, of an effective and lifesaving gun violence prevention law. The law in question—18 U.S.C. 922(g)(8)—prohibits individuals under an active domestic violence restraining order from possessing firearms, and it has proved effective at saving countless lives of domestic violence survivors for the past 27 years. If the Supreme Court finds 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(8) unconstitutional, domestic violence survivors will have one less avenue for protection. Oral arguments in United States v. Rahimi are scheduled for November 7, 2023.
This series lays out the legal issues in United States v. Rahimi, the real-life consequences that survivors of domestic violence could face in a world without 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(8), and how the current Supreme Court’s role in upending legal precedent in gun safety regulations highlights the politicization of the judiciary.