Under federal law anyone who has been convicted of a domestic abuse charge is prohibited from owning a firearm, but a new bill brought forward by the Washington D.C. Council would force registered gun owners to surrender any firearms if there is even a temporary restraining order filed against them.
Without a day in court and without any verification of the allegations made all guns would be stripped away from a gun owner.
Supporters of the bill say it is meant to help bridge the gap between the time a temporary restraining order is filed and when it becomes permanent. But the potential for abuse is quite obvious.
According to guns.com,
“I think the government here needs to hear that I’m skeptical of the power they are seeking,” said Brian Wrenn, a registered gun owner in D.C. “I’m skeptical that they’re saying they are trying to protect people who might be vulnerable to circumstances where a protection order be needed. But I think that system could be abused and I don’t think they’d do anything about it if it was.”
George Lyon of the Community Association for Firearms Education agreed with Wrenn, adding there needs to be language built into the bill that protects those legal gun owners who are not actually violent.
“There needs to be safeguards so that truly dangerous people are prohibited from owning guns and the people who are not dangerous are allowed to maintain their Second Amendment rights – even if they’re going through a contentious divorce,” Wrenn said.
As the Council hearing drew to a close, parties from both sides agreed the bill needs to be tweaked in order for it to abide by the Constitution.
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