Understanding and informing policy implementation: a case study of the domestic violence provisions of the Maryland Gun Violence Act

Eval Rev. 2006 Jun;30(3):347-60. doi: 10.1177/0193841X06287684.


The Maryland Gun Violence Act, enacted into law in 1996, explicitly authorized courts to order batterers to surrender their firearms through civil protective orders. It also vested law enforcement with the explicit authority to remove guns when responding to a domestic violence complaint. In order to assess how these laws were implemented, we designed a case study and collected data from in-depth, key informant interviews, court observations, and relevant documents. We present findings from this study and recommend how to increase the likelihood that policies designed to separate batterers and guns are implemented in a way that will result in greater protections for victims of domestic violence.

Publication types

  • Legal Case
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Criminal Law*
  • Domestic Violence / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Firearms / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Homicide / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Judicial Role*
  • Law Enforcement*
  • Male
  • Maryland
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Public Policy*
  • Social Justice / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Spouse Abuse / legislation & jurisprudence*