I have a temporary order against the abuser. Do I have to wait until I receive a final order before the abuser's gun is taken away?
Maybe. If the judge gave you an ex parte temporary protective order (which means that no advance notice was given to the abuser), which is commonly done, it could still be LEGAL for him/her to have a gun under federal law. However, if the judge scheduled a court hearing and gave notice of the hearing to the abuser before giving you the temporary protective order, it is possible that it is ILLEGAL for him/her to have a gun under federal law. The protective order must also meet certain other requirements, though. Read I have a protective order against the abuser. Can his/her gun be taken away? to find out more.