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Texas Advocacy Project Applauds Supreme Court Ruling in US v. Rahimi

Texas Advocacy Project Applauds Supreme Court Ruling in US v. Rahimi

WASHINGTON , June 21, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Supreme Court of the United States delivered a ruling in the case of US v. Rahimi, upholding the constitutionality of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(8), which prohibits individuals subject to domestic-violence protective orders from possessing firearms. This case originated in Texas, highlighting the state’s pivotal role in shaping national policy on domestic violence.

National Statistics:

  •   Two-thirds of women killed by an intimate partner are killed with a gun.1
  •  Access to a gun makes it 5x more likely that a woman will die at the hands of a domestic abuser.2
  •  Every month, an average of 70 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner.3

Texas Advocacy Project, the leading Texas-based advocacy organization for domestic violence support and prevention, commends the Court for its decision, which prioritizes the safety and protection of domestic violence survivors across the nation.

This ruling reaffirms the critical importance of firearm restrictions for individuals who pose a significant threat to their intimate partners. Protective orders are a vital tool in safeguarding victims of domestic violence, and the prohibition on firearm possession by abusers under these orders is an essential component of these protections.

In 2023, Texas Advocacy Project and a coalition* of dedicated non-profit organizations across the nation filed an amicus brief in US v. Rahimi to advocate for the safety and protection of domestic violence survivors through appropriate firearm regulations. The brief, submitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, addressed the Fifth Circuit’s ruling and emphasized the importance of preventing individuals who have committed or threatened family violence from accessing firearms during the period they are under a protective order.

“We are immensely grateful for the Supreme Court’s recognition of the inherent dangers faced by domestic violence survivors,” said Heather Bellino, Chief Executive Officer of Texas Advocacy Project. “In Texas, where the intersection of domestic violence and firearm access is a pressing issue, this decision is crucial. It ensures that those who have been deemed a threat cannot possess firearms, thereby reducing the risk of further harm or fatality.”

Bronwyn Blake, Chief Legal Officer of Texas Advocacy Project, added, “This ruling is a monumental step forward in protecting the lives of domestic violence survivors in Texas and beyond. It underscores the necessity of strong legal measures to prevent abusers from accessing firearms, which are too often used to perpetuate violence. Our commitment to providing legal and social services to those in need remains unwavering.”

The intersection of domestic violence and firearm access is well-documented, with numerous studies4 showing a significant increase in the likelihood of homicide when abusers have access to guns. Today’s ruling is a crucial step in our ongoing efforts to protect survivors and prevent domestic violence-related fatalities.

Texas Advocacy Project remains steadfast in its mission to end dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, stalking, and human trafficking in Texas by providing free legal and social services, access to the justice system, and public outreach and education. We will continue to work tirelessly to support and protect those affected by domestic abuse, ensuring they have the necessary tools and protections to live free from fear.

We urge state and federal lawmakers to build on this victory by strengthening laws and resources aimed at preventing domestic violence and supporting survivors. Together, we can create a safer and more just society for all.

About Texas Advocacy Project: Since its beginning in 1982 as a legal hotline, Texas Advocacy Project (TAP) has evolved into an expert on legal and social issues affecting survivors of power-based abuse. TAP strives to end dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, stalking, and human trafficking in Texas. TAP empowers survivors through free legal and social services and access to the justice system, and advances prevention through public outreach and education. Our vision is that all Texans live free from abuse. In 2023, TAP provided legal and social services in 4,989 cases, serving 11,047 Texans. If you or someone you know needs help, call 800-374-HOPE or visit TexasAdvocacyProject.org. 

*The Coalition is comprised of the following dedicated nonprofits across the country: Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc., Bay Area Legal Aid, Central California Legal Services, Community Legal Aid SoCal, Eastside Legal Assistance Program, Georgia Legal Services Program, Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition, Indiana Legal Services, Inc., Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Legal Aid of Arkansas, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Los Angeles Center of Law and Justice, Maryland Legal Aid, New Haven Legal Assistance Association, OneJustice, SAFE Alliance, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Corporation, Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc., Texas Advocacy Project, Texas Legal Services Center, University of Texas School of Law Domestic Violence Clinic, Virginia Poverty Law Center.                                    

Sydney Mike-Mayer, Policy & Communications Coordinator
[email protected]
(972) 249-8402 

SOURCE Texas Advocacy Project

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