Separating batterers and guns: a review and analysis of gun removal laws in 50 States

Eval Rev. 2006 Jun;30(3):296-312. doi: 10.1177/0193841X06287680.


Firearms play an important role in lethal domestic violence incidents. The authors review state laws regarding two policies to separate batterers from firearms: laws authorizing police to remove firearms when responding to a domestic violence complaint ("police gun removal laws") and laws authorizing courts to order guns removed from batterers through a protective order ("court-ordered removal laws"). As of April 2004, 18 states had police gun removal laws; 16 states had court-ordered removal laws. The authors examine relevant characteristics of the laws and recommend that these laws be mandatory, apply to all guns and ammunition possessed by an abuser, and include clear procedures to enhance implementation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Criminal Law*
  • Data Collection
  • Domestic Violence / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Domestic Violence / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Firearms / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Law Enforcement*
  • Male
  • Police*
  • Public Policy*
  • Social Justice / legislation & jurisprudence
  • State Government
  • United States