Under current law if a domestic or child abuser poses a “significant threat” by the court they are required to give up their firearms, according to Office of Justice Assistance spokesperson Tami Jackson. OJA announced four counties will receive $250,000 in federal stimulus funding to implement a new protocol developed by prosecutors, law enforcement and victims’ rights groups.
Until recently counties had no streamlined process to monitor and enforce the gun surrender according to Jackson.
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Jackson says the mandatory surrender law is meant to protect victims from harassment or harm by use of the weapon.
Outagamie, Sauk, Winnebago and Waushara counties will be taking part in the pilot program.