Tennessee passed 2009 law taking guns out of abusers’ hands

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The same year Tennessee’s pro-gun Legislature made it legal for some to be armed in bars, lawmakers also took a quieter step toward keeping guns away from domestic abusers.

The 2009 law requires people who have had orders of protection filed against them to turn their guns over to someone else within 48 hours. The measure was sponsored by state Rep. Beth Harwell and then-Sen. Diane Black.

Harwell has since been become speaker of the state House, while Black has been elected to Congress. Both Republicans are considering gubernatorial bids in 2018.

An average of 29 Tennesseans were killed with guns annually by spouses, ex-spouses or dating partners between 2006 and 2014, according to an Associated Press analysis of FBI data. About three-quarters of total 258 victims were women.

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