After Reveal reported on soaring rates of intimate partner homicide, new legislation gives state and local law enforcement more power to crack down on abusers who have weapons unlawfully.
Intimate partner homicides are skyrocketing, yet police, prosecutors and judges often trust offenders to disarm themselves.
A documentary from Reveal and Al Jazeera English exposes how ineffective laws have allowed domestic abusers to keep their guns – with deadly consequences.
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By law, domestic abusers are banned from owning guns. But too often, those laws aren’t enforced, and the consequences can be deadly.
At the Crossroads of the West Gun Show near San Francisco, all of the guns on display were secured with plastic ties, rendering them inoperable. It’s an extra layer of security that isn’t found at another Crossroads show in Reno, Nevada.
More than 500,000 handguns were purchased in 2014 by California buyers who passed a background check. That’s more than twice the number of handguns sold five years ago.