Groundbreaking study shows that broader gun restrictions result in lower intimate partner homicides

Groundbreaking study shows that broader gun restrictions result in lower intimate partner homicides

A new study out of Michigan State University says that more restrictions against gun ownership by individuals with histories of violence, including domestic violence abuse, lead to lower rates of homicides of romantically-involved partners.

Currently, 13 states and federal law prohibit gun purchases by individuals convicted of domestic violence; the study finds that states that extend this ban to people convicted of any violent misdemeanor experience 23 percent fewer intimate partner homicides.

Those reductions were also prevalent when the restrictions included individuals involved in domestic abuse of simply any partner—not only spousal abuse. Here are some more of the findings:

Restraining orders for dating partners that include firearm restrictions (present in 22 states) were linked to a 10 percent decrease in romantic partner homicides and a 14 percent reduction in partner homicides committed with firearms. Dating partner statutes go beyond traditional domestic violence restraining order laws, which cover spouses, ex-spouses, couples that live together or have lived together and couples that have children together. Zeoli noted that nearly half of intimate partner homicides are committed by dating partners who often aren’t covered by these traditional partner categories in firearm-restriction laws.

Gun restrictions that cover emergency restraining orders in domestic violence cases were associated with a 12 percent reduction in intimate partner homicides.

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