DALLAS - Women who have been hit with domestic violence can put a mark in the win column this week. Dallas County is taking guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.
Obviously, there are laws that are supposed to keep abusers from owning guns, but the laws don't say who should confiscate the guns.
“The laws have been on the books for a long time. This is one of the areas that has not been implemented,” said Aaron Setliff of Texas Council on Family Violence.
So, in order to help implement things, Dallas County has leased space from the DFW gun range, giving folks a place to turn in their guns and a place to stockpile the confiscated weapons.
“What it does is provides a safer environment, a safer method of removal of providing the guns to the county,” said David Almager from The Family Place. “When there is domestic violence in the home, a woman is about 500% more likely to be killed if a gun exists within the home.”
“We track the number of women killed by their male intimate partners, 119 last year, 58% of those were killed with a firearm,” Setliff said.
Yeah, scary stuff. Folks who work with domestic violence offenders say this is a step in the right direction.
“Where Dallas goes I believe the rest of the state will follow,” Setliff said.