American Judges Association


Date of this Version

July 2002


Published in Court Review: The Journal of the American Judges Association, 39:2 (2002), pp. 32-43. Copyright © 2002 National Center for State Courts. Used by permission. Online at


Firearms and domestic violence are a deadly combination. As the examples on the following page show, abusers who gain access to firearms pose a lethal threat both to those they have abused and to the wider community. Even where laws exist to disarm abusers and prevent them from purchasing new firearms, absent effective implementation of the laws—by judges, as well as by others in the civil and criminal justice system— survivors of domestic violence and the broader community continue to remain at risk of death or serious injury.

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