Over 385,000 Maine residents experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Fortunately, many victims survive these traumatic events; however, Maine reported 98 domestic abuse homicides from 2008 to 2015. Although Maine doesn’t report the mechanism of death, evidence suggests firearms are a significant contributing factor. An abuser’s access to firearms can determine a victim’s chances of survival; domestic violence firearm prohibitions and removal laws save lives.
Maine prohibits possession of firearms by persons convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence and persons subject to certain final protection from abuse orders. A court issuing a temporary or final protection from abuse order may prohibit possession of firearms. If the court issuing a temporary or final order of protection prohibits possession of firearms, the court shall order the removal of firearms from the subject of the order.