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December 13, 2020

Can a gun violence restraining order be renewed?

Before the final gun violence restraining order expires, an attorney for the Commonwealth or a law enforcement officer or agency can file a motion in writing asking for a hearing to have the order extended. The judge can extend the order for up to 180 days if the judge finds that the respondent continued to pose a significant risk of causing personal injury to himself/herself or another person by having or getting a firearm.1

1 VA Code § 19.2-152.14(C)