Inside the battle to get firearms out of abusers’ hands

Inside the battle to get firearms out of abusers' hands

In 2019, Jakobe Ford was Hoopfest slam dunk champion. In 2021, he was killed by a gun that was supposed to have been surrendered under Washington’s red flag laws. G uns have a lethal relationship with domestic violence. They can be a tool for threats and intimidation, and when a firearm is present in a domestic violence situation, the partner is five times more likely to be killed, according to research published by the American Journal of Public Health . In Washington, people served with domestic violence protection orders have to surrender their guns to law enforcement. Protection orders are civil proceedings. Survivors initiate the process, typically without a lawyer, and a judge issues the order if they find an imminent threat of harm. It’s usually temporary; the courts just want to get guns out of the picture until the situation cools down. But just because a judge tells someone to do something doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll do it. When faced with an order to surrender firearms, people sometimes refuse or lie and say they don’t have any, says Amie Simeral, who works as a firearms investigative analyst collaborating closely with the Spokane Police Department’s domestic violence unit. It’s impossible to know the exact number, but Simeral says it’s never a surprise to find out someone wasn’t initially being honest when they claimed to not own guns. “They think that by saying no, or by signing the declaration of non-surrender, they just don’t think there’s somebody watching that,” Simeral […]

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