Advocates push for DV abusers to surrender guns

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Advocates push for DV abusers to surrender guns

Postby newportri » Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:55 pm

By Katherine Gregg
Journal State House Bureau
Posted Apr. 14, 2016 at 4:43 pm Updated at 7:50 PM


In Rhode Island's capital city last year, there were 81 shootings. This year: 21 shootings between January 1 and April 7.

"I don't understand how people become numb to this issue," state Sen. Harold Metts told a roomful of like-minded gun-control advocates gathered at the State House Thursday to renew their fight in the face of a strong opposition from gun owners who have a former House Speaker, William J. Murphy, as their $15,000-a-year lobbyist.
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza described gunshots as the soundtrack to his childhood in Providence.

"Victims lives matter," said one-time victim turned activist, Laura Hastings, of Barrington. "When a gun is present in a domestic violence situation, the victim is five times more likely to be killed.''

"The most dangerous time for the victim of domestic violence is the time after a protective order is issued," she said. "These bills demand that sense is brought to a nonsensical situation...[by] taking guns out of the hands of abusers with either a domestic violence misdemeanor conviction or with an active protective order against them.''

Thursday's "Moms Demand Action" news conference was focused on a decades-long goal: the passage of bills pending in the House and Senate to require anyone convicted of or pleading nolo contendere to domestic assault — or subject to a restraining order stemming from alleged abuse — to turn their guns over to police.
After a years-long stalemate, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello on Thursday said: 'We're looking at the issues. We're collaborating with the Senate. We're talking to all of the advocates and looking to see if there's a compromise between 2nd Amendment Constitutional rights and the necessary work of protecting victims of domestic violence."

"I am looking at it very seriously,'' Mattiello said.

Twenty-six states and Washington, D.C., prohibit people convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors from having guns, according to the advocates.

Judges have discretion, but "Rhode Island courts rarely order abusers subject to final protective orders to turn in their guns,'' according to a 2015 report from Everytown for Gun Safety that "courts required abusers to turn in their firearms in just 5 percent'' of 1,600 final protective orders reviewed.

"Women and families in our neighboring states, Massachusetts and Connecticut, are already protected by the type of laws we are here today to fight for," said House sponsor Teresa Tanzi, D-South Kingstown.

The legislation would ban the purchase or possession of a firearm by anyone convicted of a felony or "misdemeanor that involves the use or attempted use of force, or the threatened use of a firearm against a family or household member."

It would also allow a judge to require an accused abuser, under a restraining order after January 1, 2017, "to surrender physical possession of all firearms in his or her possession... while the restraining order is in effect."

Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré and Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa told the lawmakers at a hearing last month that the bill would go a long way toward cutting down on gun violence in their cities. But opponents contended it would potentially take guns out of the hands of people who haven’t committed a crime.

"All of these things are just disguised as efforts to promote safety,'' said Michael Salvadore, the president of the Bradford Sportsmen’s Club in Charlestown at the hearing.

They are all over Murphy making $15k/yr lobbying for gun owners (money donated by Rhode Island Gun Owners and businesses, but they don't mention Bloomberg spent over $150k of his own money to support his own anti gun agenda. I don't think any of that money was raised in RI.

Also, they say guns were removed from only 5% of the DV cases in RI, but they fail to mention that not every DV case involves a gun or that the violator even owns a gun..
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