- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas County has launched a new program that requires people convicted of domestic abuse to surrender their guns.

The Dallas Morning News (https://bit.ly/1IeFcLw ) reports officials began confiscating guns on Tuesday.

The program seeks to enforce state and federal laws that forbid firearm possession for people convicted of abuse and subjects of protective orders, as well as those seeking bond or probation on a family violence crime.

Dallas County Criminal Court Judge Roberto Cañas says the program allows them to either turn their weapons in at the DFW Gun Range or give them to an eligible third party.

Cañas says if someone fails to hand over their weapon by a court-ordered deadline, they could be arrested or held in contempt of court.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, https://www.dallasnews.com

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