Associated Press Published

Group Says Domestic Violence Gun Laws a Mixed Bag

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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.