Please Call Your State Legislator Today!
The vote for the amendment proposed by Representative Josh Tardy (R-Newport) has been delayed until tomorrow, April 7. This important amendment adds two provisions to LD1938, “An Act To Protect Victims of Domestic Violence.” The “Tardy Amendment” would do the following:
1. Allows the court to order a person seeking a "protection from abuse" order - who is proven to be in "bad faith" - to pay damages and reasonable attorney's fees to the defendant.
2. Makes law enforcement officials responsible for damage to firearms resulting from a lack of reasonable care, which are seized, surrendered or relinquished.
Presently, the possibility of "bad faith" orders within the court system create a "shadow of doubt" - hurting the true victims of domestic violence. This measure would help eliminate "bad faith" orders from occurring, thus furthering validity for all legitimate "protection from abuse" proceedings.
Furthermore, relinquished firearms are often damaged and sometimes never returned to the owner after a "protection from abuse" order is terminated. This amendment would correct that problem.
Similar language recently passed the Pennsylvania Legislature and was supported by all stakeholders, including gun owners as well as domestic violence organizations. This measure passed overwhelmingly with bipartisan support.
Please call your State Legislators today and respectfully ask him or her to support the “Tardy Amendment!”
Your State Representative can be contacted at 1-800-423-2900 and your State Senator can be contacted 1-800-423-6900.