Did you know that…
- Since 2010, 537 Georgians have been killed by firearm in
domestic violence-related incidents.
- Annually, firearms were used in between 65% and 75% of all domestic violence-related deaths.
- A firearm in the household of a domestic violence abuser increases the risk of homicide to a domestic
violence victim by 500%
- Though 27 states (including Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Texas) have state laws prohibiting convicted domestic abusers from having guns, Georgia does not.
- States that restrict access to firearms by those under domestic violence protective orders see a 25 percent reduction in intimate partner gun homicides
In order to tackle the deadly relationship between guns and domestic violence, for the 2017 legislative session GCADV plans to introduce legislation to replicate in Georgia state law the federal law which prohibits those convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors and those subject to domestic violence protective orders from possessing firearms.
We have a lot of groundwork to do in order to accomplish this policy goal, much of which will involve you and your program advocates meeting with legislators before the session begins in January to talk about the need for this legislation.
The GCADV Public Policy Team will be providing training via webinar for domestic violence program advocates and in person for local Domestic Violence Task Forces in order to prepare individuals to talk with legislators about this bill. Training participants will learn why we are pursuing this legislation, as well as how to answer anticipated legislator questions. We hope to have groups of advocates, members of law enforcement, prosecutors, and other interested individuals meet in person with legislators in their districts in September, October, November, and December to urge them to support this legislation.
GCADV also hopes to identify members of law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges who might be willing to testify at the GA General Assembly in support of this bill. If you are aware of any such individuals who might be champions on the issue of keeping firearms out of the hands of batterers, please send their names and contact information along to Shenna at email@example.com.