Tag: Domestic Violence; return of weapons; misdemeanor crime of domestic violence
  • Vinson, Voisine, and Misdemeanor Crimes of Domestic Violence

    This post was authored by School of Government faculty member Jeff Welty and posted originally on the School’s Criminal Law Blog

    The United States Supreme Court recently decided a case about what counts as a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” for purposes of the federal statute prohibiting individuals who have been convicted of such crimes from possessing firearms. I’ve had several questions about whether the ruling affects last year’s Fourth Circuit decision holding that North Carolina assaults generally don’t qualify as “misdemeanor crime[s] of domestic violence.” For the reasons set out below, I don’t think the Supreme Court case clearly overrules the Fourth Circuit’s decision.

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