Justice Thomas is unique in more than one way.
He typically never asks questions during the Q&A sessions at SCOTUS hearings.
He shocked everyone last week with this exchange.
The case in question deals with whether the state has the right to bar gun ownership for domestic violence cases that don’t involve guns.
With about 10 minutes left in the hourlong session, Justice Department lawyer Ilana Eisenstein was about to sit down after answering a barrage of questions from other justices. Thomas then caught her by surprise, asking whether the violation of any other law “suspends a constitutional right.”
Thomas peppered Eisenstein with several questions about Second Amendment gun rights, a topic no other justice had asked about. He noted that the law allows someone convicted of a misdemeanor assault charge to get a lifetime ban on possessing a gun “which at least as of now results in suspension of a constitutional right.”
“The suspension is not directly related to the use of a weapon?” Thomas asked.
It will be interesting to see how the Court finds on this case, but it’s good know that we’ve still got one Justice who stands for the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans.