Nearly 1.2 million Minnesota residents experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Fortunately, many victims survive these traumatic events; however, Minnesota reported 247 domestic violence homicides from 2010 to 2019. In 2019 alone, Minnesota reported 21 intimate partner homicides, 57% of which were committed with a firearm. An abuser’s access to firearms can determine a victim’s chances of survival; domestic violence firearm prohibitions and removal laws save lives.
Minnesota prohibits possession of firearms and ammunition by persons convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence and final domestic abuse orders of protection. Minnesota requires removal of firearms from persons subject to final domestic abuse orders of protection that prohibit firearm possession.