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State House Backs Tougher Bill on Domestic Violence

Posted May 23, 2007 4:48 p.m. EDT

— 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.