Judges can remove guns in domestic violence cases

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The Associated Press

Posted on January 6, 2013 at 5:35 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Some Texas courts have been using a new pre-trial order to confiscate guns from those who’ve been arrested in domestic violence incidents.

The order is relatively new in the San Antonio area and is being used on a case-by-case basis. But it’s long been in practice by other Texas judges.

The San Antonio Express-News reports (http://bit.ly/UPLmZW ) that a Travis County judge implemented a similar procedure a decade ago. An El Paso judge began the practice last year.

Nationally, judges are trained to adopt firearms surrender and order weapons removal for those named in protective orders as the best practices in decreasing family violence.

Experts say having a gun in the house increases the potential for domestic violence homicides.

Some say it may take time to see the orders’ impact.

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