NRA Releases Statement on Rahimi Decision

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posted on June 22, 2024
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Today, in United States v. Rahimi, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the federal prohibition on firearms possession by individuals subject to domestic violence restraining orders.

The federal prohibition, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(8), is triggered when: (A) a court issues an order after notice and a hearing; (B) the order restrains the individual from “harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner of such person or child of such intimate partner or person, or engaging in other conduct that would place an intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the partner or child”; and (C)(i) the order “includes a finding that such person represents a credible threat to the physical safety of such intimate partner or child” or (C)(ii) “explicitly prohibits the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against” those individuals.

Rahimi brought a facial challenge, arguing that Section 922(g)(8) violates the Second Amendment in all its applications. The Court ruled against Rahimi, finding that Section 922(g)(8)(C)(i) is constitutional as applied to the facts of Rahimi’s own case, because the nation’s historical tradition demonstrates that “[w]hen an individual poses a clear threat of physical violence to another, the threatening individual may be disarmed.” The Court declined to decide whether disarmament under Section 922(g)(8)(C)(ii)—which does not necessarily require a judicial finding of dangerousness—is also constitutional. Nor did the Court address what due process is required before disarmament.

“The Supreme Court's narrow opinion offers no endorsement of red flag laws or of the dozens of other unconstitutional laws that the NRA is challenging across the country that burden the right of peaceable Americans to keep and bear arms,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Randy Kozuch. “This decision holds only that an individual who poses a clear threat of violence may be temporarily disarmed after a judicial finding of dangerousness.”

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