What is the penalty if the abuser has a gun in violation of my protective order?
If a judge specifically includes in your protective order that the abuser is prohibited from possessing a gun, then under Georgia law, if the abuser violates any part of your protective order, s/he may be punished by an action for contempt or criminally punished.1 Violating a protective order can be a misdemeanor, and the abuser can be punished by a fine of up to $1,000, imprisoned for up to one year, or both.2
Also, anyone who has or buys a gun in violation of the federal firearm law can be punished by a fine, jail time for up to 10 years, or both.3 For more information, see our Federal Gun Laws page.
1 GA ST § 19-13-6
2 GA ST §§ 16-5-95(c); 17-10-3(a), (b)
3 18 USC § 924(a)(2)