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Recently updated on May 8th, 2024 at 12:04 am

If the court has ordered the respondent to surrender firearms based on an Order to Surrender and Prohibit Weapons (Issued without Notice), the police may or may not confiscate the firearms upon service of the temporary order. 

It is critically important for you to be aware that this may be the first time that the respondent learns that the court is ordering removal of their firearms, concealed pistol license or other deadly weapons, which may increase your level of risk. 

If you have access to a Domestic Violence advocate, then speak to them about safety planning around this issue.  If you have questions about an Order to Surrender and Prohibit Weapons the court entered with your Domestic Violence Protection Order, you can contact the Regional Domestic Violence Firearms Enforcement Unit by emailing: or

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