As of April 2019, those convicted of domestic violence, or those subject to protection from abuse (PFA) orders, will have only 24 hours to surrender any firearms belonging to them. Those with this type of record used to have 60 days to surrender their firearms, and they could be turned over to family members or friends. Now, firearms must be surrendered to the police, a gun dealer, or an attorney only.
Judges are able to agree to an extension or the person protected by the PFA is able to agree to allow the perpetrator to keep his or her firearms. Otherwise, Pennsylvania joins 29 other states in prohibiting those convicted of domestic violence or subject to a PFA from having firearms at their disposal.
If you or your former partner has been convicted of domestic violence or is subject to a PFA, please contact Attorney Katherine McDonald to discuss how this may impact your divorce or custody case.
Contact Katherine L. McDonald, Esquire at email@example.com for a free family law consultation