FirearmsandDV

• In addition to conducting the pilot site initiative, NCJFCJ is committed to continuing to provide up- to-date training for courts and communities to help them identify gaps and resolve problems with the enforcement of firearms prohibitions.

Our Results Professionals in the justice system look to the courts for leadership on the state and local level to address the impact of firearms in domestic violence cases. The NCJFCJ’s judicial training programs recognize this and provide professionals with research-supported solutions to gun violence against intimate partners. Communities and judges are receiving information and best practices on retrieval, storage, and return of firearms, as well as grounding in federal and state firearms laws. An evaluation of the NCJFCJ’s judicial institutes found that judges said they would incorporate the techniques learned to apply and enforce firearms laws and to share the information with other judges and colleagues. The number of judges who rated themselves as leaders in the field of domestic violence cases quadrupled because of the training.

Our Vision for the Future 1. Judges and other professionals are well educated on domestic violence and firearms issues.

2. Judges enhance safety and accountability by implementing best practices on firearms.

3. Courts communicate more effectively with federal agencies to enhance the amount and reliability of data entered into the National Instant Background Check System (NICS).

The NCJFCJ recommends continued funding to educate judges and other professionals on domestic violence and firearms issues and provision of funding to develop effective data entry uploads from courts regarding protection orders and misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence into NICS.

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