U.S. Supreme Court Gives Broad Reading to Federal Firearm Prohibition for "Domestic Violence"

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Since 1996, the so-called "Lautenberg Amendment" (named for its sponsor, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)), has banned the acquisition or possession of firearms by anyone convicted of a "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence."### Applicable crimes are limited to those that have "as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon" and that are committed by persons with a specified relationship to the victim, such as a current or former spouse or a parent. ######The prohibition applies no matter when the offense occurred and can include convictions that predated the 1996 law.

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