New law targets guns in cases of domestic violence

New law targets guns in cases of domestic violence

Gun Rights

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill into law Thursday that aims to ensure people convicted of domestic violence or subject to a protective order in a domestic abuse case are not in possession of a weapon. That legislation, Senate Bill 328, requires a convicted offender or person facing a civil court order to stay away from a family member, household member or dating partner to relinquish all firearms to law enforcement officials. One of the bill’s amendments leaves it to a judge to make a determination if the person subject to the protective order poses a credible threat. Those found to be a credible threat will have 48 hours to relinquish any weapon, be it a gun or a “destructive” device like a bomb, according to the bill. “This bill will take guns away from a domestic abuser at the most critical time,” said Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, D-Albuquerque, one of three Democratic sponsors of the bill. “I really believe that this is going to save lives.” She cited national studies, including a 2018 report from the National Partnership for Women and Families, that say women are five times more likely to be killed during a domestic violence situation when a gun is present. The National Partnership for Women and Families also says about 4.5 million women reported that an intimate partner had threatened them with a gun. Still, critics including Republican lawmakers and some law enforcement officials who spoke against the bill during this year’s 60-day legislative […]

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