Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act would establish consistent nationwide protections

The Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act would establish consistent, nationwide protections, prohibiting the sale to and possession of guns and ammunition by those subject to a temporary restraining order.

The presence of a gun in domestic violence situations increases the risk of homicide for women by 500 percent. In 2010, of all the women killed by a firearm in the United States, almost two-thirds of them were killed by an intimate partner.

In many instances,  laws fail to adequately protect victims at the moment they are most vulnerable—when a temporary restraining order has first been issued. The presence of a gun at this highly volatile moment can be catastrophic. The Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act would make it a federal crime for those subject to a temporary restraining order to possess a gun.

Domestic violence victims are often at most risk when they leave and when only a temporary restraining order may be in place. Service of the temporary restraining order  can be a particularly volatile time. Laws regarding access to firearms for those served with temporary restraining orders vary by state. In many states individuals can continue to possess firearms during this time.