Our criminal defense lawyers have consistently stressed the importance of domestic violence suspects acting swiftly to defend themselves. A conviction in Massachusetts has a severe impact on a person’s rights. Now, there is even further evidence supporting the importance of working with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if accused of domestic abuse.
The Supreme Court of the United States just ruled on the matter of domestic violence cases and citizens’ rights to own a firearm. To put it simply, the right to own a firearm is more restricted than ever. A relatively minor domestic violence conviction can lose you your right to possess a gun.
“But what about the Second Amendment?” you might ask. When it comes to people convicted of criminal offenses in the U.S., authorities can and do put limits on one’s right to own a gun. There are limits to those limitations, however, as the Constitution does exist to protect one’s right to bear arms.
Two men from out-of-state cases argued that they should not have lost their rights to firearms following misdemeanor domestic violence convictions. They argue that their cases didn’t involve either serious or intentional violence. They are not part of the at-risk group who supposedly ends up resorting to gun violence.
The Supreme Court ruled against that argument, saying that it is within the scope of constitutional law to deprive such citizens of their gun rights.
Is this a response at the highest level to recent tragic incidents of gun violence in the U.S.? Perhaps. But the clear message to take from this is that your freedoms have just been limited a bit more. If you are suspected of domestic violence, it isn’t just your name, reputation and a criminal record on the line. It is your Second Amendment right, too.