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星期日, 6月 26, 2016

AG HEALEY ON TODAY’S SUPREME COURT DECISION TO UPHOLD FEDERAL LAW BANNING DOMESTIC ABUSERS FROM OWNING GUNS

AG HEALEY ON TODAY’S SUPREME COURT DECISION TO UPHOLD FEDERAL LAW BANNING DOMESTIC ABUSERS FROM OWNING GUNS

            BOSTON – Today, Attorney General Maura Healey issued the following statement applauding the U.S. Supreme Court for issuing a decision in Voisine v. United States, reaffirming a federal law that bars people convicted of domestic violence from owning guns.

            “Today’s Supreme Court decision is an important victory for public safety. The issue of domestic violence unfortunately leads to many gun-related injuries and deaths in this country, so ensuring that convicted abusers do not have access to firearms is critical. If you are a victim of domestic violence and there is a gun in the house, you are 500 percent more likely to be killed. Our state has some of the toughest gun laws in the country and my office is dedicated to keeping them in place, including by defending laws that prevent people with a domestic violence conviction from getting a license to carry. We will keep working with our public health community to address the impact of domestic violence on victims and families in Massachusetts and connect them with the services and support they need to help prevent these situations from escalating.”

The case was brought by two men who lost their right to own or buy guns after being convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors in Maine. The Supreme Court ruled that a reckless domestic assault qualifies as a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, prohibiting individuals from owning or buying guns under federal law. Under Massachusetts law, domestic abusers are prohibited from buying or owning firearms and are required to dispose of any in their possession.