Keeping guns out of the hands of abusers: Handgun purchases and restraining orders

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Persons under certain domestic violence restraining orders are prohibited by federal law from purchasing and possessing a firearm. We used administrative data from California to link 794426 restraining orders with 1388724 handgun purchase applications. We found that restrained persons were not a less law-abiding group in general, but they appeared to be repeatedly or serially abusive to intimate partners, and their handgun purchase rates were highest after their restraining orders expired.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)828-831
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


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