Firearms and domestic violence: Legally incompatible in CA

Although domestic violence can affect both men and women in Orange County, it often seems that women are the focal point of this violence. Domestic violence is particularly damaging because not only is it physically abusive, but it also has life-long deleterious psychological effects on its victims. Domestic violence starts in the home and is frequently kept under wraps. The person committing the violence against their spouse or significant other is unlikely to discuss the abuse and the individual being abused is most likely too ashamed to report it to the authorities.

The authorities and the courts, those slated to assist in matters of domestic violence, are at times hindered in protecting the victims because of this unreported nature of domestic abuse. One way in which the courts ensure that domestic violence victims are shielded from harm is by utilizing orders of protection, including temporary and permanent restraining orders. These orders are a way for the courts and the authorities to ensure violators of the order are penalized. However, an order for protection can only help when the problem is known and can be addressed. Unfortunately, many family issues involving physical abuse or threats still go unreported despite the benefits of protective orders.

There are other legal protections that are available to victims of domestic violence, especially when it comes to the purchase of firearms. People who have been convicted of domestic violence are generally prohibited from owing a firearm. Moreover, individuals with an order of protection against them are also not allowed to have a firearm in their possession. Seemingly, these provisions regarding guns were put into place so that domestic violence abusers did not have access to violent weapons thus lessening their ability to use them on their victims.

Laws are in place to try and provide a safe haven for victims of domestic violence. Anyone with a domestic violence complaint may find it beneficial to discuss their situation with a qualified family lawyer.