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Dallas County Plans To Confiscate Guns From Abusers

By Annie Potasznik | CBSDFW.COM |
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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - A new program in Dallas aims to keep guns out of the hands of accused abusers starting in the fall.

State and federal laws already prohibit domestic violence offenders from possessing firearms. But the county has had trouble tracking compliance, according to Judge Roberto Cañas. He oversees one of Dallas County’s misdemeanor family violence courts.

Cañas has obtained a grant from the governor’s office for the program. He also has the backing of county commissioners to move forward with the program.


In October, misdemeanor, felony and protective order court judges will begin instructing offenders to turn over their firearms to a local gun range for storage.

One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

Click here for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

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