FIREARMS LEGAL ALERT: United States v. Rahimi: A Landmark Ruling Impacting Firearms Convictions and Restrictions Following Domestic Violence Issues


In a groundbreaking decision on February 2, 2024, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit significantly altered the legal landscape within the Fifth Circuit surrounding firearms restrictions arising from protection orders based on domestic violence allegations. United States v. Rahimi, No. 21-11001, 59 F.4th 163 (5th Cir. 2024) has far-reaching implications for individuals seeking to overturn convictions under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(8) or regain their firearms rights. While not binding law in Colorado’s 10th Circuit, Rahimi has opened the doors to take up the issue of firearms restrictions after a domestic violence-based protection order or even conviction. If you or someone you know is affected by this decision, it is crucial to contact The Law Center P.C. as soon as possible at [email protected] or book directly at


In the case of United States v. Rahimi, the defendant, Mr. Rahimi, was convicted of possessing firearms while under a domestic violence restraining order in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(8). Mr. Rahimi appealed his conviction, arguing that the firearms prohibition under § 922(g)(8) was facially invalid under the recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion in N.Y. State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n v. Bruen, 142 S. Ct. 2111 (2022).

The Rahimi Decision:

The Fifth Circuit agreed with Mr. Rahimi’s argument, holding that the firearms prohibition under § 922(g)(8) that § 922(g)(8)’s ban on possession of firearms is an ‘outlier[] that our ancestors would never have accepted.’ Therefore, the statute is unconstitutional, and Rahimi’s conviction under that statute must be vacated.” (Citing Bruen).

Impact on Firearms Convictions and Restrictions:

The Rahimi decision has significant implications for individuals with convictions under § 922(g)(8). For such individuals, this decision offers a potential path to overturning their firearms convictions or restoring their firearms rights.

In light of the Rahimi ruling, those with convictions under 922(g) and/or those who lost their firearms rights due to domestic violence protection orders should reevaluate their eligibility to possess firearms and consider challenging the applicability of § 922(g)(8) to their cases. Moreover, individuals who have been charged with a violation of § 922(g)(8) should consult with experienced legal counsel to determine if the Rahimi decision may provide a viable defense.

What This Means for You:

If you or someone you know has been affected by the federal firearms prohibition, the Rahimi decision could offer an opportunity to overturn your conviction or regain your firearms rights. It is essential to act quickly and contact a knowledgeable attorney to review your case.

The Law Center P.C. is here to help. Our experienced firearms attorneys can evaluate your situation, determine if the Rahimi decision applies to your case, and guide you through the process of asserting your rights under this landmark ruling. Contact us as soon as possible at [email protected] or book a consult directly at to discuss your case and explore your options.

The implications of this decision are far-reaching and may lead to changes in how courts across the country interpret and apply § 922(g)(8) in the future. As a result, it is essential to stay informed and be proactive in addressing the impact of this ruling on your specific circumstances.

United States v. Rahimi also serves as a reminder of the importance of vigilant advocacy and the evolving nature of the legal landscape. By understanding this ruling and its implications, individuals affected by federal firearms prohibitions can better navigate the complexities of firearms restrictions and work towards regaining their rights.

As the legal landscape continues to evolve, The Law Center P.C. remains dedicated to providing comprehensive and up-to-date counsel for our clients. Our team of experienced attorneys is well-versed in the intricacies of firearms law and is prepared to assist you in understanding and asserting your rights in light of the Rahimi decision.

If you believe that your case may be affected by the Rahimi ruling, do not hesitate to reach out to The Law Center P.C. for a consultation. Contact us at [email protected] or book directly at to discuss your case, explore your options, and ensure that you receive the highest level of legal representation.

In conclusion, United States v. Rahimi represents a substantial shift in the legal landscape surrounding firearms convictions and restrictions arising from firearms prohibitions arising from domestic violence issues. By understanding this landmark decision and its potential implications, individuals impacted by domestic violence issues can take the necessary steps to protect and restore their rights. The Law Center P.C. is here to guide you through this process, providing expert legal counsel and support every step of the way.

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