Domestic violence advocates, victims 'terrified' by Tennessee gun dispossession bill

Domestic violence advocates, victims ‘terrified’ by Tennessee gun dispossession bill

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Gun owners convicted of domestic violence lose their gun rights, under both state and federal law. Tennessee lawmakers want to eliminate a form that keeps offenders accountable. "Victims are terrified and terrorized when an offender has a firearm," said Becky Bullard, Senior Director of Programs for the Metro Nashville-Davidson County Office of Family Safety. "These are not responsible gun owners. These are convicted, domestic criminals." Tennessee lawmakers passed a bill two years ago requiring convicted domestic abusers fill out a dispossession form, which includes the model and the serial number of the guns they’re dispossessing or giving up. The form is similar to the one Travis Reinking used when he was required to give up his guns in Illinois. State Representative Andrew Farmer sponsored the original bill in 2017. But this year, he added an amendment to do away with the dispossession form. While Rep. Farmer denied our requests for an on-camera interview, he said over the phone that people who believe lives are at risk without this form are "misinformed" and "wrong." One of those people who believe lives are at risk is Diane Lance, the Head of the Office of Family Safety. Lance has worked to help victims of domestic violence for over 20 years. "It is the only assurance we have that someone has done what they’re supposed to do – that a domestic violence offender has dispossessed of their firearm," Lance told News 2. Rep. Farmer said he only wanted a […]

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