© 2021 West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Telling West Virginia's Story
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Group Says Domestic Violence Gun Laws a Mixed Bag

9 mm handgun
Wikimedia Commons

West Virginia law bars domestic abusers from having guns, but gun safety groups say more can be done.

In 2000, West Virginia made it illegal for people convicted of misdemeanor domestic abuse to have a gun. In 2012, the state began requiring that domestic violence protective orders ban respondents from having guns.

According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, West Virginia doesn't establish a procedure to remove guns from domestic abusers as soon as they become prohibited.

An Associated Press review shows more than a dozen states have strengthened laws designed to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers over the past two years.

FBI records reviewed by AP show guns were used in 65 domestic-related killings in West Virginia from 2006 to 2014.

WVPB is local news, education, music, and entertainment for West Virginia.
Your donation today will help keep us strong and vital.