Statment on Today’s Supreme Court Decision Regarding Firearms Possession by Domestic Abusers

“We applaud the Supreme Court’s decision confirming that domestic violence abusers convicted of a broad range of violent misdemeanors can be barred from owning weapons. Guns and domestic violence are a lethal combination. When an abusive partner is permitted access to firearms, the risk that the other partner – usually a woman – will be killed increases more than five-fold. Earlier this year, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence and the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearms Policy issued a blueprint for jurisdictions throughout the nation seeking guidance on how to prevent domestic abusers from having guns. Today’s decision will help save countless lives.”