How America’s Gun Laws Are Failing Domestic Violence Victims

Owning a firearm makes an abuser 5x times more likely to murder a partner, yet around much of the country, gun laws are enforced on an “honor system” that relies on people who are prohibited from possessing firearms to disarm themselves.

“You are trusting somebody who is not worthy of being taken at their word,” said Democratic U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, who spent seven years working as a prosecutor in Alameda County, California. “And that has been to the peril of domestic violence victims.”

Read this phenomenal reporting piece by journalist Jennifer Gollan at Reveal News about the tragic results of the glaring deficits in enforcement of gun laws across the country.