LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer joined today with the Los Angeles Police Department and advocacy groups to detail a comprehensive approach to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. The efforts include a new protocol with the LAPD, filing of criminal charges and the launch of a public awareness campaign.
“Guns and domestic violence are a lethal combination,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer. “Our Office is taking aggressive action to enforce the laws already on the books and work with our community partners to inform the public of how the laws can help protect them and their families.”
"These enhanced protocols are the result of the Department and City Attorney's collaborative commitment to ensure every safeguard is afforded to victims of Domestic Violence," said Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Michel Moore.
The new protocol between the City Attorney’s Office and the LAPD will help identify all domestic violence defendants who own firearms so that appropriate gun laws can be enforced.
Under the current law, any person who is served with a domestic violence restraining order or criminal protective order must surrender or lawfully sell their registered firearm(s) within 24 hours of being served with the order. This protocol requires LAPD to include an Automated Firearms System printout with their filing packet in all domestic violence cases submitted to the City Attorney’s Office to help prosecutors identify those individuals, file appropriate gun charges if warranted, and ensure that the defendant complies with the current law and surrenders their registered firearm(s).
Feuer was joined at the news conference by representatives of the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, Women Against Gun Violence, Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, Jenessee Center, and Peace Over Violence as he announced the roll out of a new Domestic Violence/Firearms Policy, recent filings of gun cases involving defendants with domestic violence charges/convictions and launch of a new public awareness campaign.
Each week in the United States, nine women are shot and killed by their spouse or intimate partner according to the Violence Policy Center.
Feuer also unveiled the launch of a public awareness campaign in collaboration with Women Against Gun Violence and the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles to help educate the public on the laws pertaining to domestic violence and guns. The campaign includes a brochure with important information related to domestic violence and gun violence.
“Abused women are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser if the abuser owns a firearm,” said Margot Bennett, Executive Director, Women Against Gun Violence. “Women Against Gun Violence applauds the City Attorney’s efforts to remove firearms from the homes of domestic abusers and looks forward to a long partnership to prevent gun violence in homes and on our streets.”
“We’re proud to be supporting the leadership of the City Attorney’s office on this issue,” said Kaile Shilling, Coalition Director, Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles. “Too often, domestic violence victims are left without enough support from the systems that are supposed to protect them. This partnership is dedicated to spreading the word that there are resources, and the resolve to help.”
Feur also announced that his office is filing charges against several individuals with prior domestic violence charges or convictions for illegally attempting to purchase a firearm. Shortly after taking Office, Feuer created the position of Gun Violence Prevention Coordinator, appointing Deputy City Attorney Greg Dorfman to the post.
Defendant is being charged with 2 counts of attempting to purchase and possessing a firearm while subject to a restraining order and 1 count of falsifying the Dealer Record of Sale (DROS). Defendant is alleged to have attempted to purchase an Armscor Precision, Citadel M19, .45 cal, semi-automatic pistol. During the purchase process, the defendant allegedly falsified the DROS in denying being a subject to an active restraining order which was issued in a criminal case where the defendant was charged with domestic violence. During the LAPD investigation, it was discovered that the defendant was in possession of a Smith & Wesson, .40 cal, semi-automatic pistol.
Defendant is being charged with 1 count of falsifying the DROS. Defendant allegedly attempted to purchase a Smith & Wesson, 9mm, semi-automatic pistol. During the purchase process, defendant allegedly falsified the DROS in denying having had a prior conviction for domestic violence which prohibits the purchase and possession of a firearm.
Defendant is being charged with 1 count of falsifying the DROS. Defendant allegedly attempted to purchase 4 long guns from a private seller: (1) German Sport, GSG-522LR rifle; (2) Springfield Armory, MIA, Squad Scout, 308 rifle; (3) STD Pro M1 30, carbine rifle; (4) ER Amnininto, Coch shotgun. During the purchase process, defendant allegedly falsified the DROS in denying having had a prior conviction for domestic violence which prohibits the purchase and possession of a firearm.
Defendant is being charged with 1 count of falsifying the DROS and for violating probation for attempting to purchase a firearm while subject to a protective order. Defendant allegedly attempted to purchase a Mossberg shotgun while on probation and subject to a criminal protective order. Defendant was previously charged with domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, and false imprisonment. Defendant was convicted of battery, sentenced to 3 years probation and was issued a domestic violence criminal protective order. Defendant falsified the DROS in denying having had a prior conviction for battery and being a subject to a restraining order.