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Center for Gun Policy and Research

Keeping Guns from Domestic Violence Offenders

The Center for Gun Policy and Research studies policies and behaviors related to gun violence perpetrated by domestic violence offenders. As firearms are the most common weapon used in intimate partner homicides (IPH), it is the initiative of the Center to identify whether existing purchase and possession prohibitions effectively keep firearms out of the hands of batterers.

Research by Center faculty has identified important gaps in laws designed to keep firearms from IPV perpetrators and the enforcement of those laws. Nationwide inadequacies in state police gun removal laws have prompted in-depth analysis of their effectiveness in separating IPV perpetrators from firearms. A focus on Maryland gun violence policy has led to Center recommendations for improved implementation of these laws to decrease the prevalence of in-state, gun-related IPH. Additional Center findings on handgun purchase rates among restrained persons illustrate a pressing need to improve the effectiveness of the background checking system in eliminating the unlawful sale of firearms to domestic abusers.

Center Research

RESTRAINING ORDERS AMONG VICTIMS OF INTIMATE PARTNER HOMICIDE
Vittes KA, Sorenson SB
Injury Prevention 2008;14:191-195

KEEPING GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF ABUSERS: HANDGUN PURCHASES AND RESTRAINING ORDERS
Vittes KA, Sorenson SB
American Journal of Public Health 2008;98:828-831

SEPARATING BATTERERS AND GUNS: A REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF LAWS IN 50 STATES
Frattaroli S, Vernick JS
Evaluation Review 2006;30(3): 296-312

UNDERSTANDING AND INFORMING POLICY IMPLEMENTATION: A CASE STUDY OF THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROVISIONS OF THE MARYLAND GUN ACT
Frattaroli S, Teret SP
Evaluation Review 2006;30(3): 347-360

For more research on firearms and domestic violence, click here to browse the database of scholarly works by Center faculty.

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