California Law Forbids Abusers to Own Guns, but Police Lack Resources to Take Them Away

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In California many guns remain in the hands of abusers. “We have these federal laws and these state laws, but they’re not necessarily being enforced,” said Nancy Lemon, who teaches domestic violence law at UC Berkeley.

When Colsaria Henderson first saw the letters, she was shocked.

As the director of programs for Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence in San Jose, several survivors who had filed restraining orders started coming to her with letters they received this year from the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara.

“The restrained person has failed to offer satisfactory proof that he or she has relinquished the guns, firearms, or ammunition as required by law,” the letters all said, alerting survivors that their abusers had not surrendered their guns as required by law.