Legal Information: Federal

Federal Gun Laws

Updated: 
June 20, 2018

The abuser uses a gun for his/her job. Does the law still apply?

If the abuser has been convicted of a felony or a domestic violence misdemeanor, then under federal law, the abuser can never buy or have a gun, even if s/he is a police officer or a military employee.

However, if the abuser is a law enforcement officer, military employee or government employee against whom you have a qualifying order of protection (and s/he was not convicted of one of the above-mentioned crimes) s/he may still be able to continue to use a gun for work purposes (but not for personal use) despite the order of protection.1 The abuser must sign out the firearm and ammunition from a supervisor to be able to use it at work and must return it at the end of the shift in order to comply with federal law.

If you are confused or not sure whether the abuser can still use a gun for work purposes, you can talk to a lawyer or domestic violence advocate in your area or call the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit at 1-800-903-0111, ext. 2. To find a domestic violence advocate in your area, please go to our Advocates and Shelters page and choose your state from the drop-down menu.

1 18 USC § 925(a)(1)