Should temporary restraining orders trigger gun surrenders across the country?

A Supreme court ruling yesterday reaffirmed a ban on gun possession by convicted domestic abusers, but some prosecutors want the law to go further in addressing the widespread, deadly correlation between domestic violence and gun violence.

In particular, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence want temporary restraining orders to trigger the surrender of personal firearms by the accused. Sixteen states, including California, follow that rule, but the prosecutors want a federal law consistent across the country.

Critics say such a law would violate the due process rights of alleged abusers.


Mike McLively, Staff Attorney, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence; he tweets from @mrmclively

Josh Blackman, an associate professor of Law at the South Texas College of Law who specializes in constitutional law. He is the author of “Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare” (Public Affairs, 2013)