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The presence of firearms in an abusive relationship is one of the greatest dangers to victims, elevating the risk of intimate partner homicide by nearly five times. In this section, judges will find information on how they can effectively respond to domestic violence cases involving firearms, including procedures for removing firearms from domestic violence offenders and protection order respondents under federal and state law.

Firearms and Domestic Violence: Effective Court Response Part II

Presented by: Hon. Steve Aycock and Nancy Hart, JD

The presence of firearms in a domestic violence case drastically raises the risk of lethality for female victims of domestic violence. Participants in this webinar will explore the many reasons why knowledge of federal firearms law is critical information for judges. Participants will review the structure of federal firearms rules affecting domestic violence offenders and analyze the most current United States Supreme Court cases on this issue. Topics of discussion will include Henderson v. United States, Castleman v. United States, law enforcement exceptions to federal firearms prohibitions, third party transfers of firearms by convicted offenders, and lethality.

Firearms and Domestic Violence: Effective Court Response Part II

Presented by: Hon. Steven Aycock, Judge in Residence, NCJFCJ and Nancy Hart, Senior Staff Attorney, NCJFCJ

Judge-in-Residence Steven Aycock and Senior Program Attorney Nancy Hart present an interactive discussion on effective ways courts can respond to domestic violence cases involving firearms. Around the country, courts are struggling with the practicalities of identifying domestic violence cases where firearms are present, verifying legitimate and safe transfers to third parties, and seizing and storing firearms owned by domestic violence offenders. This webinar builds on a previous discussion of federal laws related to domestic violence and firearms, but can be taken independently by anyone wanting to learn more about best practices surrounding this complex issue. Faculty will discuss some effective examples from around the country, work through case scenarios, and field questions from participants. This exciting webinar designed for judges and court officials, offered through the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence.

  • Opens in new windowVoisine Case Update

    This case update was published by the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence on Voisine v. United States, a United States Supreme Court case addressing firearms, sentencing, and the interplay between intent and the elements of domestic violence. In Voisine, the United States Supreme Court considered how types of intent, including recklessness, knowledge and intentional conduct, can affect the definition of a domestic violence offense that triggers a lifetime prohibition under federal law. In this case update, judges can read more about how these important federal provisions are interpreted and applied.