A Metro Atlanta County Creates an Effective Surrender Protocol Utilizing the Federal Surrender Laws.


DeKalb County Georgia criminal justice partners set out to save lives with a firearm reduction initiative.

A Midwest State Uses a Model Protocol, Legislation and Ingenuity to Gain Compliance With Firearm Surrender.


Wisconsin had legislated firearm prohibitions similar to the federal law, however, enforcement of the prohibitions remained challenging. In 2009, a subcommittee of the Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence completed a model firearm surrender protocol to improve compliance with firearm surrender laws. In 2010, the protocol was piloted in four counties.

An Overview of Federal and State Law Related to Domestic Violence and Firearms


Under the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 and passage of the Lautenberg Amendment, individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence in state or federal court are generally prohibited from possessing firearms. The enacted statute defines a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence as any state, federal, or tribal misdemeanor that involves “the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon.”

Domestic Violence and Firearms: Research on Statutory Interventions

April M. Zeoli, PhD, MPH | BWJP |

The crimes of domestic and dating violence and stalking are pervasive in our society. When a violent intimate partner has access to a firearm, a dangerous situation becomes a potentially fatal situation. More women are killed by their intimate partners than by any other offender group, and firearms are the weapon most often used in intimate partner homicide.

Judge-Run Program Addresses Disarming Domestic Violence Offenders


Dallas County, Texas, is known for being one of the most populated counties in Texas and a statewide leader on combating domestic violence.