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U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings in Lubbock struck down a gun-possession provision in a 1994 federal anti-crime law on the grounds that it violates the Second Amendment’s protection of the right to keep and bear arms. The disputed provision allows federal prosecution of individuals who are also subject to family court orders that are prompted, for example, by a potential threat of violence in domestic situations. But Cummings found it “absurd that a boilerplate state court divorce order can…automatically extinguish a law-abiding citizen’s Second Amendment rights.”

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