Supreme Court's new gun ruling could impact Hunter Biden case

Meanwhile, this alert to the Supreme Court, as we have just gotten, the ruling on the US versus Rahimi, This is a major gun rights case. Shannon Bream is standing by at the Supreme Court with that, Shannon. OK, So this is the gun case we've been waiting on. And you've heard reference, I think Professor Turley talked about this earlier about whether this would impact Hunter Biden. This is a law that's on the books that bans people who are under a domestic violence order from having access to their gun in a decision that looks like it's probably 8 to one here. Still parsing that out, says an individual, when they've been found by a court to pose a credible threat to the physical safety of another, that individual may be temporarily disarmed consistent with the Second Amendment. So it sounds like we'll dig into this, that the court is saying essentially there can be times in which Second Amendment rights can be infringed. In this case, this was somebody who was under a domestic violence order. He had a record that was very troubling when it came to physical violence allegations of that with partners with him. And it it looks like and I'm getting the hard copy opinion here because our folks are amazing and they run really fast and we get these. Thank you. It looks like this is an 8 to one. But let me flip ahead and I'll be able to tell you here it yes, it looks like Justice Thomas is the only dissenter here. And you know, he's been a very full throated defender of the Second Amendment on numerous occasions, but he's in the minority here. So essentially what it looks like the court is saying is in, in there are cases in which second rights, Second Amendment rights can be infringed. In this case where you potentially pose a threat to someone else and their safety, that is going to be a situation in what the court says. This can happen. They say essentially here, we conclude this. An individual found by court to pose a credible threat to the physical safety can be temporarily disarmed. Judgment of the Court of the 5th Circuit is reversed and it's sent back down for further proceedings. So 8:00 to 1:00, that's the decision. As you know, Hunter Biden has been, you know, just convicted on federal gun charges. And the argument had been, well, in his case, it was somebody that was the law says if you are addicted to an illegal substance and you lie in a form, is that a reason to pursue you with federal criminal charges? And in the losing opinion for Justice Thomas, like I said, the loudest Second Amendment advocate here, 8 to one, the court is saying that jurisdictions can keep people from their guns in situations where other people's safety is at threat. I want to get a more reaction, Shannon, if you could stand by with us as we do it. Wait possibly more rulings at this hour. Jonathan Turley to you first on this, the US Supreme Court has ruled in favor as we've been awaiting this case to come down of the Biden administration defending fed, the federal gun ban for domestic abusers. How big is this? And does this change things with the involvement of Hunter Biden's case? It does. This is a dropped Hail Mary throw for Hunter Biden. His defense was relying significantly on this case. They were hoping that the NRA would prevail against his father's Justice Department and to expand the Second Amendment rights. So it might have had this blowback on his own case. I always question that, by the way, because Hunter Biden was convicted for lying on a gun form. I doubted seriously the Supreme Court would get to the point that said you could do that. But the court here in an almost unanimous decision, I said that, no, look, Second Amendments are like other rights. They're not absolute. You can have reasonable limitations. I think the other group that's going to be disappointed, besides the Hunter Biden team and obviously Second Amendment advocates, are all those critics of the Supreme Court. In the last few days, we have seen an interesting mix of decisions, including unanimous and near unanimous cases on major issues. And all those people that say that the Supreme Court is hopelessly and ideologically divided have really once again been proven wrong. And this case is a good example. These are eight out of nine justices saying we see room here for reasonable limitations. They're not this robotic ideologically divided court. They came out with a reasoned opinion. Now, many will disagree with it, but it shows that this court is is much different than what you read about in the in the mainstream press. I want to go back to Shannon because Shannon, this was sort of forecast to come down in this way and it happens in this case to kind of be in line with the public opinion surrounding it. That's not always the case with Supreme Court decisions. But there there is a dissent. What does the dissent say? So Justice Thomas dissenting here. And keep in mind the the most recent gun related jurisprudence from the court talks about the fact that you have to look at historical precedent for any kind of impingement on the Second Amendment. Here's what he says. The question in this case is whether the government can strip the Second Amendment right of anyone subject to a protective order, even if he has never been accused or convicted of a crime. Justice Thomas says it cannot. It says the court and the government do not point to a single historical law revoking a citizen's Second Amendment right based on possible interpersonal violence. Says the government hasn't borne its burden. So he says if you're subject to a protective order, it's not enough. He says this guy hasn't been convicted of a crime. So in his estimation, under the Second Amendment, this shouldn't survive. But again, he's the lone voice here dissenting against what the 8 to one majority feel like was the proper upholding of this statutory measure, saying if you're subjecting potentially someone else to harm, there can be a temporary, and they use that word temporary impingement on your Second Amendment rights. And this is the last one of the day.

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