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 ab