PROBLEM: Access to guns is a key factor in domestic violence homicides. From 2001 through 2012, 6,410 women were murdered in the United States by an intimate partner using a gun. The presence of a gun in domestic violence situations increases the risk of homicide for women by 500%.
While New York has restrictions on access to firearms by domestic abusers, two loopholes currently exist:
- Law enforcement is not required to remove guns from a domestic violence situation.
- Law enforcement is not required to seize firearms already in the possession of a person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
Removing guns from domestic abuse situations would help reduce gun injuries and deaths.
SOLUTION: New York needs a law that would require the removal of firearms from domestic violence situations and from individuals convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence.
NYAGV is advocating for the enactment of:
- A.249, The Safe Homes Act, which would authorize law enforcement to remove firearms found on the premises where there has been a report of domestic violence.
- A.5257, The Domestic Violence Firearm Surrender bill, which would require law enforcement to remove guns from the possession of individuals convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
Read more about domestic violence and guns:
- When Men Murder Women, Violence Policy Center, September 2014
- Women Under the Gun, Center for American Progress, June, 2014
- Domestic Violence and Guns: Laws, Loopholes and Solutions, NYAGV, December 2014