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Gun Ruling Giving Domestic Abusers Rights Prompts Garland Rebuke

  • Court scraps conviction of man who kept gun after beating ex
  • Ruling compares domestic abuse to speeding, failing to recycle
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The decades-old US law barring domestic abusers from possessing firearms contradicts the nation’s “historical tradition” of access to guns even for people who may not be “model citizens,” an appeals court said in a ruling that prompted a Justice Department rebuke.

The statute is unconstitutional because it gives too much power to Congress to determine who qualifies as “law-abiding, responsible citizens” when it comes to gun ownership, the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday. A unanimous three-judge panel wondered: who’s next?