US top court rules domestic abusers can't own guns

A view of the US Supreme Court seen from the top of the US Capitol dome December 19, 2013 in WashingtonThe US Supreme Court upheld a federal law Wednesday barring anyone convicted of even a minor domestic violence charge from ever owning a gun. In a unanimous ruling, the nine justices ruled against James Castleman, who argued that his past conviction in Tennessee of misdemeanor domestic assault against the mother of his child shouldn’t keep him from owning a firearm under federal law. An appeals court in Tennessee had agreed with Castleman’s contention that the Tennessee definition of misdemeanor domestic assault is less strict than the federal one, and that the incident for which he was convicted did not include physical force as described under the federal law.

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