The Supreme Court Slams the Door on the “Boyfriend Loophole”- Huge Win for Women’s Safety

Statement by National NOW President Christian F. Nunes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — National NOW President Christian F. Nunes issued the following statement in response to this morning’s SCOTUS ruling on United States v. Rahimi: 

“In today’s 8-1 decision, the majority of the Supreme Court rejected the challenge to the constitutionality of a federal law that bans the possession of a gun by someone who has been the subject of a domestic violent restraining order.  

This is an important decision – especially during a time when women’s lives are being attacked daily. Women die and experience violence from firearms at alarming rates. Upholding the federal law to deny firearms to perpetrators of intimate-partner and gender-based violence is a huge win for protecting women and ensuring their safety.

Every day, an average of three women are killed by a current or former partner. And, when an abuser can obtain a firearm, the risk that a weapon will be used to shoot and kill a partner or loved one increases by 1000 percent.  

The Supreme Court was able to protect women from deadly firearms and the abusers who use them. But they must do more to fully safeguard women’s lives, safety and freedoms.”  


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