Ghost Guns United States v. Rahimi

The US supreme court will decide in 2024 in a case which gun and domestic violence prevention groups are warning could be a matter of life and death for thousands of abuse victims and their families.

 United States v Rahimi is seen as one of the most consequential cases with which the nine justices will grapple this term. At stake is how far the new hard-right supermajority of the court will go in unraveling the US’s already lax gun laws, even as the country reels from a spate of devastating mass shootings.

Also at stake, say experts, are the lives of thousands of Americans, overwhelmingly women, threatened with gun violence at the hands of their current or former intimate partners.

The hearing will put the spotlight on a federal law that prohibits anyone under a domestic violence restraining order from possessing guns. The justices are being asked whether the law is unconstitutional on grounds that it violates the second amendment right to bear arms.