Much attention has been paid to the risks firearms pose when in the hands of domestic violence offenders. Those risks most obviously impact victims and their children but also significantly impact law enforcement (who must respond to those incidents), the community (in the form of the risk of mass shootings) and offenders through their increased risk for committing suicide. Knowing these risks requires jurisdictions to move away from “honor systems” where courts simply tell offenders they can no longer possess firearms to a system that actually acts on those orders and proactively removes firearms from those who are prohibited from possessing.
On completion of this webinar, participants will:
- Understand the heightened risk when abusers have access to firearms.
- Learn about Washington State’s new Extreme Risk Protection Order and the 2014 law that requires offenders subject to qualifying protection orders to surrender their weapons.
- Learn about the successes and challenges of this new approach.