Over 275,000 Montana residents experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Fortunately, many victims survive these traumatic events; however, Montana reported 200 fatalities due to intimate partner violence from 2000 to 2018, 72% 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.
A Montana court may prohibit an individual convicted of partner or family member assault from possessing the firearm used in the assault. A court issuing a temporary order of protection or a final order of protection may prohibit the respondent from possessing or using the firearm used in the assault. Montana does not require removal of firearms or ammunition from subjects of domestic violence orders of protection; however, a court issuing an order may order other relief necessary to provide for the safety and welfare of the petitioner or other designated family member.