David W. Keck, J.D., is the National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center Director.

Over the course of his career, David has exhibited a strong commitment to legal and policy work on behalf of survivors of domestic violence, and particularly the impact of firearms on the safety of survivors, their families and their communities.

As a Court Commissioner, David was instrumental in developing an innovative and comprehensive county-wide protocol for firearm surrender in domestic abuse injunction cases – a pilot-project that became the framework for Wisconsin’s 2014 SAFE Act, which requires courts to ensure compliance in all injunction cases involving firearm surrender. For several years, he provided technical assistance and training statewide to guide local implementation of the SAFE Act and pilot protocols, and has shared his knowledge and experience nationwide.

Prior to his ten years of service as a Court Commissioner for Winnebago County, Wisconsin, David also spent thirteen years as a Trial Staff Attorney with the Wisconsin State Public Defender in Oshkosh. Recently he returned to solo practice, specializing in criminal defense and family law.

In 2008, David co-founded the Winnebago Free Legal Assistance Clinic and has been its Director ever since. The clinic dispenses legal advice and services to over 1,000 clients each year, supported entirely by volunteers.

Born in Seattle, Washington, David completed his undergraduate studies in Foreign Language (German) from the University of Washington, during which he spent five years living in Cologne, West Germany. He received his law degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1992.

Resources By This Author

  1. 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.

  2. Introduction and Overview of the National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center

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

    This webinar was an introduction and overview of the National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center. 

  3. Surrender, Storage, and Return of Firearms in CPO Cases: The Wisconsin Project

    Danielle Long | David W. Keck, J.D. | Amber Person | Rochelle Skorlinski | BWJP |

    Wisconsin recently enacted legislation intended to ensure that respondents subject to protection orders comply with the firearm surrender requirements.