Attorney General Bonta Issues Statement in Response to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Allowing Accused Abusers Access to Guns

Thursday, February 2, 2023
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OAKLAND — California Attorney General Rob Bonta today issued the following statement in response to a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit striking down a federal law that restricts an individual’s access to firearms when they are under a domestic violence restraining order:

“This is a dangerous decision, especially when we know that firearms are used to commit more than half of all intimate partner homicides in the United States," said Attorney General Bonta. "Californians should know that restraining orders, including Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, still prohibit the possession of firearms. These orders are an essential tool that remain in effect and may be requested at any time. I urge Californians to utilize these life-saving tools.” 

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