Firearms are responsible for the majority of domestic violence deaths in Georgia, accounting for 66% of all domestic violence fatalities in 2014 and 56% of reviewed fatalities from 2004-2014. Federal law prohibits those convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors and those subject to a qualifying TPO from possessing firearms and ammunition. While several states have passed clarifying legislation assisting in the implementation of the Gun Control Act and issues surrounding the collection, storage and release of firearms, Georgia has not. Community partners in DeKalb County have developed a protocol that removes firearms and ammunition from those who are convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors through a surrender process to the DeKalb County State Court Probation Department.
Webinar participants will learn more about the federal Gun Control Act, challenges with state implementation, the DeKalb County Firearm Surrender Protocol process, steps the community took to create the protocol, successes and challenges of the protocol, and suggestions for implementing a similar protocol in other areas of the state. Speakers include Jennifer Waindle, Supervisor, DeKalb County State Court Probation, and Jennifer Stolarski, Chief Assistant, DeKalb County Solicitor-General’s Office.
Continuing Education Hours: 1
This training has been approved by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for continuing education hours for state-certified domestic violence shelters.
The goal of this webinar is to increase participants’ understanding of a protocol developed in DeKalb County and encourage them to strategize how they can implement a similar protocol in their community.
Anyone who is part of a Fatality Review Team, Family Violence Task Force, or domestic violence program.