Fear of Domestic Abuse: Police Remove 220 Licensed Guns

In order to prevent domestic abuse, the Essex police force launched an operation and removed 220 guns from licensed fire arms holders suspected of being involved in domestic violence.

According to the police sources, the action was taken following a series of incidents where lawful arms were used in domestic related violence ending up in murders and other serious incidents.

The decision of removing guns was prioritised on the basis of the highest risk first, after a due deliberation and victim-based approach where they had the opportunity to express if the family members or partners should be allowed to keep their licensed weapons.

In addition to the seizure of 220 guns and firearms, another 100 owners were given warnings regarding safety and storage of the weapons.

Earlier on, the decision was challenged in court but the Crown Court decided in favour of police forces.

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