Legal Information: California

Restraining Orders

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June 16, 2021

Can the abuser have a gun?

Once you get a domestic violence restraining order (DVRO), there may be laws that prohibit the respondent from having a gun in his/her possession.  There are a few places where you can find this information:

  • first, read the questions on this page to see if judges in California have to power to remove guns as part of a temporary or final order;
  • second, read the Gun Violence Restraining Orders page to learn about other situations where an abuser’s access to guns can be restricted;
  • third, go to our State Gun Laws section to read about your state’s specific gun-related laws; and
  • fourth you can read our Federal Gun Laws section to understand the federal laws that apply to all states.

You can read more about keeping an abuser from accessing guns on the National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center’s website

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