Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Information for Professionals

Criminal Justice

Overview of the Issue

Firearms and Domestic Violence

The Gun Control Act Of 1968, The Violence Against Women Act (1994), and The Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act Of 1997.

Exempted from the possession clause of the Gun Control Act of 1968 were agencies of theUnited States or any department or agency thereof or State or any department, agency, or political subdivision thereof.

Note: The exemption for government agencies still applied in 1994 with the passage of the Violence Against Women Act.

Effective September 30, 1996, the exception granted under (18 U.S.C. Section 922(g) does not apply to persons subject to a family protection order or convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.