Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
At Issue: Whether a person convicted of a domestic violence crime not involving “strong and violent physical force” should be barred from owning firearms by federal law. Federal law bars persons convicted of certain domestic violence crimes from possessing firearms. In this case, the defendant has argued–and the court below ruled–that a person must be convicted of a domestic violence crime that requires an element of “strong and violent physical force” in order to be excluded from firearms ownership by virtue of the conviction.
Law Center’s Brief: Our brief, filed along with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, and the Violence Policy Center argues that the proper interpretation of federal law includes all domestic violence crimes, not just those involving “strong and violent physical force.” The brief outlines the social science research demonstrating a strong connection between domestic violence of any type and guns.
Download a PDF of the brief here.