Conozca la Ley: Alaska
ACTUALIZADA 29 de noviembre, 2012
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Yes. If you have a final protective order against the abuser that meets certain requirements, or if the abuser has been convicted of a felony, then federal law states that it is illegal for the abuser to buy, own or have a gun in his/her possession.*
In addition, Alaska state law says that if a person used (or had in his/her possession) a deadly weapon while committing a crime involving domestic violence, the judge should order that the gun be taken away and given to the commissioner of public safety or a law enforcement agency.**
If you are not sure if the abuser has been convicted of a crime involving domestic violence, see What is the legal definition of domestic violence?
* Note: Although federal law also prohibits owning or buying a gun if the abuser is convicted of a "domestic violence misdemeanor," none of Alaska's domestic violence misdemeanors have the 'intentional' element that is required under current case law to meet the federal definition. Therefore, a conviction for a domestic violence misdemeanor in Alaska may not make it illegal for an abuser to own or buy a gun under federal law. See United States v. Nobriga, 474 F.3d 561 (9th Cir. Ct App., 2006); see also 18 USC § 922(g)(8) & (9).
** Alaska Statute § 12.55.015(f)
If the abuser has been convicted of a crime involving domestic violence and the court orders the gun to be given to a law enforcement agency, the gun will most likely be destroyed or resold. It should not be returned to the abuser.*
If you have a protective order against the abuser, and s/he has not been convicted of a crime, the gun will most likely be stored until the protective order expires, or until the court orders that the gun be returned.
* See Alaska Statute § 12.55.015(f)