domestic-gun-violence-croppedThe greatest danger for women in abusive relationships is when their intimate partners have guns. In fact, the presence of a gun in domestic violence situations increases the risk of homicide for women by 500%. In New York State, women were the victims in 4 of 5 domestic violence murders, and guns were used in 1/3 of those murders.

Under our state’s current law, persons convicted of a felony or who are subject to a restraining order may not purchase firearms and must surrender any guns in their possession.

But there’s a loophole. Individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are not required to give up their guns to law enforcement. This loophole needs to be closed to protect women.

That’s why we need the Domestic Violence Firearm Surrender Law, A.5257, which would close this loophole and require individuals convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence to surrender the guns in their possession.

April 28 in Albany is Domestic Violence Lobby Day, organized by the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 

Let’s make sure guns are removed from domestic abusers. Please tell your New York State representative that we need the Domestic Violence Firearm Surrender Law now.