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Law enforcement not all open to terms of domestic violence law

It is no secret that authorities not just in Colorado but throughout the country have intensified their focus on gun crime and violence. That focus has resulted in various changes in gun laws, including here in Colorado. It is a notable situation, however, when not even all of law enforcement wants to comply with the terms of a law.

This is sort of the situation with a new Colorado domestic violence law that has recently taken effect. The law requires that people charged with domestic violence or served with a restraining order turn their firearms in to the authorities or legal gun dealers. What if police don't want to take those weapons?

The Associated Press reports that multiple police agencies throughout Colorado are not taking the guns that men and women might try to turn in to them in an attempt to adhere to the new state law. A police chief says that there is not room in the stations to hold firearms that are not evidence specific to a case.

Does this turn of events mean that police don't support the new domestic violence and restraining order laws? Not necessarily. But this complication does suggest that a haphazard lawmaking process took place. When it comes to creating new laws, criminal suspects should be able to trust that they can easily abide by those laws.

For now, those who are accused of domestic violence or have a restraining order issued against them can still drop their firearms off with a firearm dealer. For questions regarding the new gun law and for such a legal situation in general, these people should be working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who has a defendant's best interests in mind.

Source: The Associated Press, "4 agencies speak out on new domestic violence law," Nov. 14, 2013

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