Differences in State Laws


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.

Firearms and Ammunition Prohibitions in the Military

C Brian Clubb, J.D. |

Several studies estimate the rate of intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration in the military from 13.3 percent to 47 percent among male active duty servicemembers, and 13.5 percent to 42 percent among male veterans.

Overcoming the "Buts": Improving your Community's Response to Firearms and Domestic Violence Despite the Obstacles

Nancy Hart, J.D. | Darren Mitchell, J.D. |

This webinar will discuss approaches to various obstacles that often confront communities that are trying to work together to implement firearms prohibitions in domestic violence cases. It will also update professionals and communities about the FPSI, which soon will be selecting sites for in-depth technical assistance, training, and other support.

Creative Methods for Local Enforcement of Federal Firearms Restrictions

David W. Keck, J.D. | BWJP |

Even if your state does not prohibit firearms possession by Domestic Violence offenders, your community can still develop firearm surrender protocols. Federal law prohibits possession of firearms by Domestic Violence offenders because they are a specific group of individuals demonstrated to be untrustworthy with firearms. This webinar explores proven methods for removing firearms from Domestic Violence offenders, even absent specific state statutory authority.

Non-Fatal Firearm Uses in Domestic Violence

April M. Zeoli, PhD, MPH | BWJP |

Non-Fatal Firearms Uses in Domestic Violence analyzes the pervasiveness of batterers using firearms in nonfatal domestic violence to control their partners. Estimates vary regarding the frequency of firearm use, but national estimates suggest that 4.5 million women are threatened and 900,000 women have a gun used against them in their lifetimes in the United States.