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Which states prohibit people with stalking convictions from having firearms?

20 states have adopted this policy

AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY

Stalker Prohibitor

Alabama has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Alaska has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Arizona has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
Indefinitely

Stalker Prohibitor

Arkansas has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

California has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
10 years

Stalker Prohibitor

Colorado has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
Indefinitely

Stalker Prohibitor

Connecticut has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Delaware has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
Indefinitely

Stalker Prohibitor

Florida has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Georgia has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Hawaii has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
Indefinitely

Stalker Prohibitor

Idaho has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Illinois has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
Indefinitely

Stalker Prohibitor

Indiana has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
Indefinitely

Stalker Prohibitor

Iowa has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Kansas has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Kentucky has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Louisiana has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Maine has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Maryland has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
Indefinitely

Stalker Prohibitor

Massachusetts has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
Indefinitely

Stalker Prohibitor

Michigan has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Minnesota has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
3 years

Stalker Prohibitor

Mississippi has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Missouri has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Montana has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Nebraska has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Nevada has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

New Hampshire has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

New Jersey has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
Indefinitely

Stalker Prohibitor

New Mexico has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
Indefinitely

Stalker Prohibitor

New York has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
Indefinitely

Stalker Prohibitor

North Carolina has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

North Dakota has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Ohio has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Oklahoma has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Oregon has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
Indefinitely

Stalker Prohibitor

Pennsylvania has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
Indefinitely

Stalker Prohibitor

Rhode Island has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
Indefinitely

Stalker Prohibitor

South Carolina has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
Indefinitely

Stalker Prohibitor

South Dakota has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Tennessee has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Texas has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
Indefinitely

Stalker Prohibitor

Utah has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Vermont has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
Indefinitely

Stalker Prohibitor

Virginia has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Washington has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

West Virginia has not adopted this policy

Stalker Prohibitor

Wisconsin has adopted this policy

How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
Indefinitely

Stalker Prohibitor

Wyoming has not adopted this policy

What It Does

Federal law prohibits nearly all people with felony convictions from having guns, but many stalking crimes are misdemeanors — meaning that, under federal law, some stalkers may legally be armed after a conviction. States can act to cover stalkers either by making these convictions into felonies or else by extending their gun laws to reach specified misdemeanors. A full discussion on Abusers and Intimate Partner Violence is here. 

The Impact

Attempted murders of women are often preceded by stalking incidents: In one study, in nearly nine out of 10 cases there had been a stalking incident in the year leading up to the attempted murder.

Stalker Prohibitor

Policy adopted? How long is a person prohibited by the state law?
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona Indefinitely
Arkansas
California 10 years
Colorado Indefinitely
Connecticut
Delaware Indefinitely
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii Indefinitely
Idaho
Illinois Indefinitely
Indiana Indefinitely
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland Indefinitely
Massachusetts Indefinitely
Michigan
Minnesota 3 years
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey Indefinitely
New Mexico Indefinitely
New York Indefinitely
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon Indefinitely
Pennsylvania Indefinitely
Rhode Island Indefinitely
South Carolina Indefinitely
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas Indefinitely
Utah
Vermont Indefinitely
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin Indefinitely
Wyoming
Show Citations and Footnotes
Source: Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-2923(B); Cal. Penal Code § 29805; Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-3-602(3)(a); Del. Code Ann. tit. 11, § 1312; Haw. Rev. Stat. §§ 134-1, 134-7(b); 720 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/12-7.3(b); Ind. Code § 35-45-10-5 (a); Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 3-802(d); Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety § 5-133(b)(2); Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 265, § 43(a); Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, §§ 131, 129B(1)(i), § 129C; Minn. Stat. §§ 609.749, subd. (8), 624.713, subd. (1)(11); N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 2C:12-10(b), 2C:43-1, 2C:43-6(a)(4); N.M. Stat. Ann. §§ 30-7-16(A), 30-3A-3; N.Y. Penal Law §§ 265.00(17), 265.01(4), 400.00(1)(b); Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.255(1)(c); 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §§ 106(b)(6), 2709.1(c)(1), 6105, 2709.1; 11 R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-59-2(b); S.C. Code Ann. § 16-3-1730(A); Texas Penal Code § 42.072(b); Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 13, §§ 4017(d)(3)(A)(i), 5301(7)(A), 1062; Wis. Stat. § 940.32(2).

McFarlene JM, Campbell JC, Wilt S, Sachs CJ, Ulrich, Y, & Xu X. (1999, November 1). Stalking and intimate partner femicide. Homicide Studies, 3(4): 300–316. Retrieved January 19, 2022, from https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1088767999003004003.

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