Legal Information: Maryland
Updated: October 18, 2022
I have a temporary order against the abuser. Can his/her gun be taken away?
As part of a protective order hearing, a judge can order the respondent to give to law enforcement any firearm in his/her possession and to not have/use any firearm while you have the temporary protective order if the abuse consisted of:
- the use or threatened use of a firearm by the respondent against you; or
- serious bodily harm to you, or a threat to cause serious bodily harm to you.1
However, if there is no specific mention of a firearm restriction in the temporary order, then you may have to wait until you are given a permanent order.
1 MD Code, Family Law § 4-505(a)(2)(viii)
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