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State House Backs Tougher Bill on Domestic Violence

Posted May 23, 2007

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— The state House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would make it a felony for to violate domestic violence orders while in possession of a deadly weapon.

Under current law, there’s no extra penalty for violating a protection order with a gun or knife. The measure now moves on to the Senate.

Gov. Mike Easley has already signed two new laws aimed at cracking down on domestic violence. The first requires a set of security guidelines at domestic violence shelters. The second requires law enforcement to note when murders result from domestic violence murders so the state can better track deadly domestic violence.

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  • killing_me_softly May 24, 2007

    Why can't they just make it a felony if an order is violated at all? I am so not understanding the purpose of some of the laws that are in place. Lawmakers should consult with surviving victims as to what change would be more effective. Itr seems almost too political; just do enough to make it look like you are putting a dent in the issue. Just like they use the zero tolerance policy in schools, use it with those who totally disrespect protective orders. I pray that there will be a slowdown for this age old problem. DV affects women, men, and children.

  • stndup4vctms May 23, 2007

    If filled out right and when granted, a DVPO requires law enforcement to seize guns when the order is served on the defendant. What good is making it a felony to have a weapon while violating the order if someone dies? It's a little too late then isn't it? Make violating the order more of a crime and they will stop or at least think twice before doing it.
    "The second requires law enforcement to note when murders result from domestic violence murders so the state can better track deadly domestic violence." What good is this one for? It's too late once someone has lost their life. These stats are already kept by the Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Tracking these crimes doesn't save lives, preventing it from happening at all does. When is another life going to be too many? Court systems need to hand down harsher sentences for DV related crimes regardless of how minor they may seem. Maybe that will make some think twice before they abuse another.

  • 1911 May 23, 2007

    It should be a felony for solely violating a protective order. This law in and of itself shows minimalism for the violation of a protective order without a gun or knife.