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Model Law Enforcement Policy: Serving and Enforcing Protection Orders & Seizing Firearms in Domestic Violence Cases

General Material
Published Date
July, 2005

The purpose of the Model Law Enforcement Policy is to provide policies and standard operating procedures for the following specific areas that may be encountered by a law enforcement agency: service of process/notice to Respondents of protection orders; the enforcement of protection orders that were issued by a court of another State, Indian Tribe, or U.S. territory or possession; the seizure of firearms from persons who are prohibited from possessing firearms pursuant to a protection order, State law, or Federal law; the storage and return of seized firearms; and law enforcement officers who are subject to protection orders or who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.