The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a case on whether a misdemeanor domestic assault conviction bans one from owning a firearm under federal law.
The case, United States v. Castleman, involves the plight of James Alvin Castleman of Tennessee who pleaded guilty to one count of domestic assault in 2001. Specifically he was charged with assault by “intentionally or knowingly causing bodily injury” to the mother of his child.
Given the guilty plea, Castleman was no longer allowed to purchase or possess firearms under federal law, supposedly. Consequently, he had his wife buy guns for him, which he would then illegally sell on the black market to criminals as part of a gun-running scheme.