Initiative Created to Better Screen and Prohibit Domestic Violence Offenders From Having Firearms : News : University Herald
“We need to do more to disarm known offenders to prevent violence,” he said.
For the study, researchers worked with local detectives to track their efforts to identify and disarm individuals with firearms among those served with domestic violence restraining orders in San Mateo County between May 2007 and June 2010 and in Butte County between April 2008 and June 2010.
According to a press release, during this time, San Mateo County detectives reviewed 6,024 restraining orders on 2,973 individuals and linked 525 perpetrators to firearms which resulted in 119 offenders surrendering one or more of their firearms.
And of the estimated 1,978 restraining orders that Butte County detectives reviewed, “they served and maintained records on 305 orders to 283 respondents.” The detectives identified 88 offenders with links to firearms among those 283 respondents and recovered one or more firearms from 45 offenders.
Almost all recovered firearms in both counties were taken into custody by law enforcement agencies, with the remainder being sold to licensed retailers, according to a press release.