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Feb 6, 2016 10:30 AM

More than 5,700 charged under 'Joshua's Law' since inception

The Associated Press

CONCORD — A 2014 New Hampshire law created a criminal charge to cover cases of alleged abuse involving "intimate partners," making it easier to prevent people convicted of domestic violence from acquiring a firearm.

By expressly designating a domestic violence charge, it allows authorities to distinguish from other crimes of violence that involve people not considered intimate partners. That's important because federal law prohibits people convicted of domestic violence crimes from buying or possessing a firearm.

Domestic violence is known as a crime that is frequently repeated and escalates, and advocates say it's critical to keep perpetrators from buying or possessing a firearm.

More than 5,700 cases so far have been lodged under New Hampshire's "Joshua's Law."


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