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Seattle Journal for Social Justice, Seattle University School of Law

Finally, Actually Saying "No": A Call for Reform of Gun Rights Legislation and Policies to Protect Domestic Violence Survivors
By Claire McNamara

In 2001, only 68 cases were filed under section 922(g)(8)nationally,90 while in Washington State alone 43 domestic violence survivors were killed with guns between 2000 and 2002. Liniger also emphasized that lack of enforcement is not due to a lack of defendants: in 2002, Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit estimated that around 40,000 people violated section 922(g)(8), while federal prosecutors have not prosecuted more than one case per district in 94 districts between 1994 and 2002. The lack of prosecutions immediately following the billís passage could be attributable to a lack of judicial education about the new law or to prosecutorial reliance on more well-known or harsher state statutes. Either way, the statistics cited aboveóas well as more recent studies revealing only 50 such cases filed by prosecutors in 2012......[Citing TRAC research}.

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