The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) applauded the Supreme Court in ruling that people convicted of minor domestic violence offenses can be barred from possessing guns. They also ruled that this law can be enforced even in states where no proof of physical force is required to support the domestic violence charge.
“In 2012, six Tarrant County women were killed by their husbands or boyfriends,” said SafeHaven of Tarrant County CEO Mary Lee Hafley “Four of those women were shot to death; two of the men committed suicide with their gun. In 2011, seven of the nine women who were killed by their husbands, boyfriends or ex-boyfriends were shot to death. Those assailants also shot and killed 8 others who were nearby and two subsequently committed suicide. It appears that guns are the weapons of choice for abusers who seek ultimate control over their wife or girlfriend. I hope this ruling saves lives, especially those of women who live daily with very real threats on their lives.”
The ruling stemmed from the case, United States vs. Castleman, in which James Alvin Castleman plead guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault in Tennessee in 2001. In his case, it was alleged that he intentionally or knowingly caused bodily injury to the mother of his child. Seven years later, it was discovered that Castleman and his wife were buying firearms and selling them on the black market.