The case itself centers around one Zackey Rahimi, a Texas resident and alleged drug dealer convicted of violating a domestic violence restraining order by possessing a firearm.
That is the charge that the Biden DOJ is fixated on, at least. Rahimi has four other felonies and five other misdemeanors that could have potentially barred him from owning a firearm as well, but in the context of this case, the administration pretends those crimes don’t exist.
Rahimi was arrested in Oct. of 2021 and later convicted on this charge. He appealed his case to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which struck down the federal statute prohibiting those under domestic violence restraining orders from possessing firearms.
Interestingly, the Federal Government has fixated on this specific charge. According to an analysis from The Reload, Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland wants the Supreme Court to choose between defending Rahimi (who on all accounts is a bona fide dangerous criminal) by defending the Bruen decision or contradicting their previous ruling and scaling back Bruen.
GOA’s Ben Explains the Rahimi Case and how it affects gun owners…
So why is Gun Owners of America filing an Amicus Brief supporting Rahimi?
For starters, this case has the potential to disarm many innocent women. Because in divorce proceedings, judges often issue mutual restraining orders to disarm women and abusers alike.
The charges against Rahimi demonstrate a reality that gun-control advocates continue to ignore. Rahimi was in possession of firearms while under a domestic violence restraining order. Gun laws do nothing to stop bad people who want to possess firearms.
While Rahimi is in no way a good plaintiff, this case could clarify and protect the Second Amendment rights of those not convicted of a crime.
In addition, an amicus brief submitted by the Crime Prevention Research Center found that the law in question, at best, had no effect and, at worst, actually increased the levels of violent crime.
Meanwhile, it’s standard practice for divorce attorneys to tell their clients to seek these civil restraining orders. The Fifth Circuit called this a “tactical leverage device” that helps get their clients a one-up on their ex-spouse in court. The restraining order is then used as leverage to get more alimony or more privileges in a custody battle over kids.
These domestic violence restraining orders are handed out like candy by judges who don’t have any incentive not to issue them.
And so, there are a lot of innocent and non-violent Americans who get caught up in this gun ban. The law is unconstitutionally broad and has got to go.
That’s why we’re asking the Supreme Court to strike down this gun law and restore a little bit of freedom in our country.
Meanwhile, Zackey Rahimi is going to jail for a long time for his nine criminal counts in Texas. Good riddance!
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