If the abuser's gun(s) is taken away, what will happen to it?
It depends. If the abuser’s gun is ordered to be taken away by your protection order, it may either be held by the sheriff department in your county, or in some cases, the authorities will allow the abuser to leave the gun with a friend or relative while your protection order is in effect. You can ask the court or law enforcement official handling your case where the abusers guns will go.
If your abuser’s gun is confiscated by the police because s/he was convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor or felony, the police will likely destroy the weapon.
Remember, it’s a good idea to have a safety plan in place, even if the abuser’s weapons are taken away. See our Safety Tips page for safety planning ideas.