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.