Nearly 1.2 million Minnesota residents experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Fortunately, many victims survive these traumatic events; however, Minnesota reported 187 intimate partner femicides from 2008 to 2017, 50 % of whom died by firearms. 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.