Enacting bipartisan legislation to protect victims of domestic violence
Following a roundtable discussion in March 2015 led by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Giffords worked closely with New Jersey leaders in both parties to craft legislation to help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. Giffords led efforts in New Jersey to reach a bipartisan agreement that was signed into law by Republican Governor Chris Christie in January 2017. New Jersey domestic violence organizations as well as local gun violence prevention advocates were also instrumental partners in this work. The new law helps to protect domestic violence survivors by requiring abusers who are convicted of domestic violence to surrender their firearms and provide a receipt and affidavit to the court demonstrating that they have done so.
Giffords is currently working with New Jersey leaders on legislation which creates a process for obtaining an Gun Violence Protective Order that temporarily prohibits a person who is in danger of hurting themselves or others from possessing a firearm. Giffords is also working with national and state partners in support of legislation that would advance smart gun technology and help make it available on the market.
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