A Kentucky Community Races to Provide Safety.

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Lexington, Kentucky is a community that understands that time is often critical in keeping domestic violence victims safe. Two initiatives launched by the Fayette County Sheriff and Fayette County Circuit Court, electronic Emergency Protective Orders and domestic violence order hope cards, aim to save lives when minutes matter.

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

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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.

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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

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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.”

Differences in State Laws

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Many states have enacted differing laws that relate to domestic violence and the restriction of firearms and ammunition. As such, understanding the coverage and limitations offered by each state is vital to identifying the strengths and areas for improvement in state laws.