PROSECUTORS, VIOLENCE PREVENTION EXPERTS RELEASE REPORT ON REMOVING GUNS FROM DOMESTIC ABUSERS

Updated: Feb 13


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LOS ANGELES – Focusing on the dangers posed by guns in domestic violence incidents--including a 500% increase in the risk the victim of abuse will be killed--today many of the nation's leading prosecutors joined with experts in gun violence and public health to call for a major change in federal law and sweeping improvements across the country aimed at removing guns from domestic abusers.

In an extensive report analyzing laws, judicial practices, prosecutorial approaches and law enforcement protocols throughout America, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV) and the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearms Policy recommended significant changes to break the link between domestic violence and gun violence.

The report’s principal recommendation is that: Federal law should be changed to prohibit purchase and possession of firearms by persons subject to temporary domestic violence restraining orders.