Recent state laws on domestic abuse, gun rights

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Posted: Feb 06, 2016 8:13 AM
Recent state laws on domestic abuse, gun rights

Specifics of the state laws passed during the last two years that are intended to make it harder for people convicted or suspected of domestic violence to access firearms:

ALABAMA

Republican Gov. Robert Bentley approved a measure banning possession of firearms by those convicted of domestic violence offenses, stalking or child abuse, as well as by some individuals who are subject to domestic abuse protection orders. Those provisions were included in a larger pro-gun bill. That bill allowed people with concealed carry permits to keep firearms in their vehicles and repealed some pistol registration requirements, among other changes.

DELAWARE

Democratic Gov. Jack Markell signed a bill in October that bans people who commit misdemeanor domestic violence crimes against their current or former dating partners or roommates from possessing guns for five years. The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017, also will require certain people who are subject to protective orders to surrender their weapons within 24 hours and verify to the court that they have done so.

LOUISIANA

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a law in 2014 that prohibits firearm possession for those convicted of "domestic abuse battery" for 10 years after the completion of the sentence. The law also prohibits some people who are subject to domestic violence protective orders from owning guns.

MAINE

The Legislature passed a law in 2015 that prohibits people who are convicted of domestic violence crimes from owning guns for five years after the completion of their sentences. The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and the Republican-controlled Senate voted to override a veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who argued the five-year ban wasn't long enough.

MASSACHUSETTS

Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick signed a law in 2014 that prohibits individuals convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors from buying or owning firearms and ammunition.

MINNESOTA

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton signed a law in 2014 banning gun ownership among those who are subject to domestic abuse and child abuse protective orders. It also requires removal or surrender of their firearms.

NEVADA

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval approved a change in 2015 that prohibits people who are convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes and those who are subject to protective orders from buying and owning guns. Those changes were part of a broader pro-gun bill that repealed Clark County's handgun registration requirement, among other provisions.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a law in 2014 that made domestic violence a specific crime, which triggers the loss of firearms rights upon conviction. Previously, such crimes were often charged as simple assault.

OREGON

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown signed a law in 2015 that bans gun possession by individuals convicted of certain misdemeanors involving force and threats of force against family members. The law also prohibits individuals who are subject to certain stalking and domestic violence protective orders from owning firearms.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed a law in 2015 that prohibits those convicted of domestic violence from possessing firearms and ammunition, for several years or for life depending on the severity of the crime. The law also bans firearm rights for some individuals who are subject to domestic violence protection orders.

VERMONT

Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a law in 2015 that prohibits individuals convicted of domestic assault, stalking, sexual assault and aggravated assault crimes from owning guns.

WASHINGTON

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee signed a law in 2014 that makes those subject to certain protective orders ineligible to own and purchase firearms and to surrender those in their possession.

WISCONSIN

Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed a law in 2014 designed to ensure that those who are subject to domestic violence restraining and protective orders surrender their firearms. A judge can issue an arrest warrant for those who do not surrender their guns within 48 hours of an order being issued.

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Source: Associated Press research.