I have an emergency/ ex parte order against the abuser. Do I have to wait until I receive a permanent order before my abuser's gun is taken away?
Maybe. If the judge does not write on the emergency/ ex parte order that the defendant (the abuser) cannot have a gun, most likely it is legal for the abuser to have a gun. Remember to ask the judge to include this firearm prohibition when you return to court for the permanent PFA.
However, even if the judge does NOT write that the abuser cannot have a gun on the final order, it may still be illegal for him to have a gun under federal law. Go to I have a final order of protection against the abuser. Can his/her gun be taken away? to learn more.