ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)--RECENTLY THE U.s. SUPREME COURT ISSUED IT'S FIRST SECOND AMENDMENT CASE IN NEARLY TWO YEARS.  

BASED ON THE SUPREME COURTS DECISION, WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL HAS BEEN FOUND BY A COURT TO POSE A CREDIBLE THREAT TO THE PHYSICAL SAFETY OF ANOTHER, THEY CAN BE TEMPORARILY DISARMED OR BARRED FROM POSSESSING A GUN.  
 
THE HOPE IS THAT THE RULING WILL HELP KEEP NEW YORKERS SAFE BY KEEPING ALREADY EXISTING RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE.
 
“It’s a really important ruling because New York has some of the strongest restrictions for DV offenders to prohibit their access to firearms and their access to licenses,” said Alyssa DeRosa, deputy executive director of external affairs at the New York State Office of Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV). 
 
DEROSA ALSO POINTED OUT THAT WHEN DOMESTIC ABUSERS HAVE ACCESS TO GUNS– IT INCREASES THE CHANCES OF VIOLENCE AGAINST THE VICTIM.  
 
ACCORDING TO THE EDUCATIONAL FUND TO STOP GUN VIOLENCE, A WOMAN IS FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE KILLED WHEN HER ABUSER HAS ACCESS TO A GUN.  
 
“Access to firearms is one of the biggest lethality indicators that can predict whether or not there will be a homicide in a DV case. So, limiting the access to firearms when we know that someone is a DV offender is critical to keeping people safe,” said DeRosa. 
 
DEROSA ADDS DURING THE PANDEMIC THERE WAS A SPIKE IN THE LEVEL OF CALLS TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINES.
AND WHILE THAT SEEMS TO BE LEVELING OFF-- THE CALL VOLUME STILL REMAINS HIGH WHEN COMPARED TO PRE-PANDEMIC NUMBERS.  
 
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS EXPERIENCING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, PLEASE CALL THE OPDV HOTLINE AT 1- (800)-942-6906.