‘Cooling off’ domestic violence bill passes Senate

By Tracy Moyer, Staunton News Leader

8:57 a.m. EST February 4, 2016


STAUNTON - Legislators are working to change laws specifically for victims of domestic violence as they pass two bills this week for those in “dangerous situations.”


State Senate Bill 323, prohibits individuals under emergency protective order from transporting or possessing a firearm for 72 hours following the issuance of the protective order.


Sen. Barbara Favola, D-Arlington, patroned the bill which passed the Senate 32 to 3 and now heads to the House of Delegates. Five senators abstained from voting on the bill.


“SB 323 provides an extremely important ‘cooling off’ period that reduces the likelihood that a dangerous situation will escalate with the use of a firearm,” Favola said after the bill passed the Senate. "Over 50 percent of women murdered with a firearm in 2011 were killed by intimate partners or family members.”


Favola said she is pleased her colleagues are acting on the “common sense measure” legislation that will help protect women and domestic violence victims.


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