I have a temporary (ex parte) protection order against the abuser. Do I have to wait until I receive a permanent order before the abuser's gun is taken away?
Maybe. If the judge gave you an ex parte order for protection (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 a temporary order, it is possible that it is ILLEGAL for him/her to have a gun under federal law. The order for protection must also meet certain other requirements, though. Read I have an order for protection against the abuser. Can his/her gun be taken away? to find out more.