Dallas Domestic Violence Charges Require Confiscation of Guns

Dallas County has begun an aggressive program to seize guns from anyone convicted or placed on probation for of a Dallas domestic violence offense  The court order will also effect anyone who has had a permanent protective order granted against them, or has no firearm possession as a condition of bond.

The law has been in place for years but was rarely enforced. Now a judge will issue an order with a deadline for compliance. Defendants will have to turn over their guns to the DFW gun range or to a third party. Failure to comply with the judges order can result in the defender being found in contempt and face up to 180 days in jail.

Experts believe many counties will follow Dallas County’s lead with this program and it will soon be a standard procedure in Texas domestic violence cases to have firearms confiscated under this type of court order.

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