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March 22, 2010

Miller Hails Signing of Domestic Violence Act

Comment of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller:

Des Moines. I am elated that this proposal now will become Iowa law. It will save lives. It will help
prevent women, men and children from being terrorized, maimed and killed by violent abusers.

More than half of Iowans killed in domestic abuse murders since 1995 (111 of 205) were killed by firearms – including 26 children and bystanders who were shot and killed in domestic violence attacks. Furthermore, even when victims aren’t killed, guns often are used to control and terrorize victims.

The law will only remove guns from domestic abusers, and only after a person is given notice and an opportunity to be heard in court. It will not take guns away from law-abiding citizens and, if a gun-owner has a no-contact order and then that order expires, then the person will be able to possess a gun again.

I commend the Legislature for passing this bill, by wide margins and with bi-partisan support in both the House and Senate.

I applaud domestic violence advocates -- and victims -- for their courage and dedicated work in urging passage of the bill. I thank lawmakers of both parties for supporting the bill, and the Governor for signing it.

Tom Miller
Attorney General of Iowa

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