Published: July, 2013| Beth Moracco, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Moracco review the findings and recommendations of Preventing Firearms Violence Among Victims of Intimate Partner Violence: An Evaluation of a New North Carolina Law. Judges in North Carolina routinely issued protection orders that included firearms prohibitions, including directives to surrender firearms to law enforcement within 24 hours of service of the protection order. However, no system for law enforcement follow-up and documentation of retrieval was implemented although there was evidence that one-third of the defendants had access to firearms at the time of the protection order hearings, approximately one quarter had used guns against intimate partners in the 12 months prior to the filing of the complaint, and over half of the defendants had criminal histories related to domestic violence offenses pre-dating the protection order application. Almost no firearms were confiscated or surrendered. Discussants explore firearms retrieval/confiscation practices and processes, forms and outcomes pursuant to the issuance of civil protection orders in several jurisdictions.