Gun safety group urges Supreme Court to ‘protect survivors of domestic violence’ after spate of shootings

After a spate of domestic violence-related shootings during the holiday season, a gun safety group underscored the need for the Supreme Court to uphold a federal law in a case involving domestic abusers' ability to own firearms.

The group, Everytown for Gun Safety, sent out a statement Tuesday highlighting a string of fatal shootings stemming from domestic violence across the country.

In New York, a police sergeant shot and killed his wife and two sons before killing himself over the holiday weekend. In Chicago, on Dec. 31, a woman was fatally shot by a man against whom she had a protective order, ABC7 reported. In Baltimore, a woman was shot by her boyfriend in a garage on New Year's Day, according to CBS News.

Although not reported by Everytown, a Dover, Massachusetts married couple and their daughter were found dead in their luxury mansion on December 28th. Investigators later determined the father shot his wife and daughter before turning the gun on himself.

Everytown's release stated, “Gun violence and domestic violence are inextricably linked.” The weapons security team turned next United States v. Rahimifor which the nation's highest court heard arguments in November.

The case centers on the constitutionality of a federal law that prohibits a person subject to a domestic violence restraining order from owning a gun.

“Currently, 32 states have laws on the books that prohibit firearms possession by persons with domestic violence restraining orders, and 22 states have laws requiring persons subject to domestic violence restraining orders to surrender their firearms,” wrote Everytown, “if the Supreme Court sides with abusers over survivors, every one of these state-level laws could be put on the block as well.”

“This year all eyes are on the Supreme Court to overturn the Fifth Circuit's deadly ruling and protect survivors of domestic violence,” the group added.

In 2019, a court forced Zackey Rahimi to give up his gun after his then-girlfriend secured a two-year restraining order against him. despite the court order, Rahimi was involved in five separate shootings over a two-month period.

He was charged with violating a federal gun law restraining order, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to prison. However, Rahimi subsequently argued that the law violated his Second Amendment rights. Although the Fifth Circuit initially upheld the trial court's decision, after the The bridge decision, the Fifth Circuit reversed its decision.

After hearing oral arguments, the justices appeared prepared to uphold the federal law that bans firearms from identified dangerous individuals. The decision is expected at the end of June.