Domestic Violence & Prohibited Firearm Possessors

By Debbie Weecks

In a recent issue of ARIZONA ATTORNEY, Judge George Anagnost spoke of the right to possess firearms, whether arising under the Second Amendment or under Arizona’s own Declaration of Rights. 1 The nature and limitations of the right to bear firearms were discussed there in the context of the ruling last Supreme Court Term in the Heller case. 2 He explained that the United States Supreme Court parted from the view of a collective militia in favor of finding an individual right of gun ownership. This article expands on the issue of individual rights to possess firearms in the context of both orders of protection and misdemeanor domestic violence convictions.It examinesthe currentstatutory framework surrounding protective orders 3 and prohibited possession of firearms.

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