Most media outlets gloated on Feb 24 when the U.S. Supreme Court voted 7-2 to uphold the federal government’s right to ban those convicted of “a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” from legally possessing a weapon.

But not the astute Tony Mauro of Legal Times in his article, written hours after the decision, entitled “Second Amendment Absent in Supreme Court Gu Ruling.”

Mauro notes the ruling is “an expansive reading” of the federal definition of misdemeanor and “predicate crime,” while a narrow interpretation of the Second Amendment. The contradiction is puzzling considering the same body issued a “landmark declaration of an individual’s right to bear arms” last year in its D.C. v. Heller ruling.

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