Domestic Violence and Guns: State by State

Posted on October 15, 2014

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American women are particularly vulnerable to certain forms of gun violence, including homicides by domestic abusers and stalkers. More than two-thirds of those murdered by their spouses between 1980 and 2008 were killed with guns. Moreover, abused women are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser if the abuser owns a firearm. These statistics represent real people whose lives could have been saved if their abusers didn’t have access to guns.

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has partnered with the Center for American Progress to develop 50 fact sheets—one for each state—summarizing current laws on domestic violence and guns and offering straightforward, real-world solutions for how smart gun laws can better protect women.

Download the Domestic Violence and Guns fact sheets to see how your state measures up.

States are beginning to recognize the urgency of this issue, and, since 2009, state legislatures have passed 30 new laws addressing the role guns play in domestic violence. The strongest laws require domestic abusers to surrender any guns already in their possession when they become prohibited from possessing firearms.

The Law Center’s legal experts have identified four main policies that states and the federal government should enact to block domestic abusers from buying and possessing guns:

  • Bar all convicted abusers, stalkers, and people subject to domestic violence restraining orders from possessing guns
  • Require background checks for all gun sales to prevent convicted abusers and stalkers from buying guns
  • Extend protections to victims of dating partner violence
  • Provide law enforcement with the tools necessary to ensure that domestic abusers surrender guns in their possession

With these commonsense policies in place, we can help reduce domestic abusers’ access to guns and save lives.

Find your state’s fact sheet below to learn more about the smart gun laws that can protect women from gun violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Alabama gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Alaska gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Arizona gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Arkansas gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on California gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Colorado gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Connecticut gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Delaware gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Florida gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Georgia gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Hawaii gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Idaho gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Illinois gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Indiana gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Iowa gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Kansas gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Kentucky gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Louisiana gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Maine gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Maryland gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Massachusetts gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Michigan gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Minnesota gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Mississippi gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Missouri gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Montana gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Nebraska gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Nevada gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on New Hampshire gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on New Jersey gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on New Mexico gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on New York gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on North Carolina gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on North Dakota gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Ohio gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Oklahoma gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Oregon gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Pennsylvania gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Rhode Island gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on South Carolina gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on South Dakota gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Tennessee gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Texas gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Utah gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Vermont gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Virginia gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Washington gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on West Virginia gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Wisconsin gun laws and domestic violence.

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Download the fact sheet on Wyoming gun laws and domestic violence.