LETTER Assembly advances Muñoz bill to further protect domestic violence victims

Domestic violence victims will be afforded another layer of protection under legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz which was advanced today by the General Assembly.

The bill (S-2483/A-4126) prevents a person convicted of a domestic violence crime or who is under a domestic violence restraining order from possessing or purchasing firearms and requires the immediate surrender of any firearms along with purchaser identification cards and handgun permits.

“Far too often threats are made and court orders are ignored leaving innocent victims vulnerable to more attacks,” said Muñoz (R-Union). “The physical and emotional effects are devastating. Victims who have suffered such abuse have a legitimate fear for their safety, especially since guns are the weapon of choice for those who kill their spouse or partner. Disarming their abusers will afford victims additional protections.”

The measure also requires stringent mandatory minimum prison terms, including parole ineligibility based on the crime’s severity for offenders who commit physically violent acts.