out , trade or otherwise give away weapons or bullets to any personality having a prior knowledge that the person has been previously found guilty of a felony related to domestic violence (Joseph, 1998).
Following the enactment of this law individuals who employ force or even attempt to use deadly weapon on their close relations are convicted of domestic violence. This takes in both present and former partners, guardians and parents who threaten their victims using guns.
The Lautenberg act goes further to incorporate an individual with whom the victim bore a child, any person who has ever or is cohabiting with the victim, being thought to be a partner, a guardian or parent; or by an individual who was equally positioned to a partner, guardian or parent of the said person.
Lastly, this law affects individuals who similarly pose as spouse and it includes any two individuals who reside at the same place and are relating intimately with a plan of making that place their dwelling.
The enactment of the Lautenberg act meant a lot to the American citizens as it brought a new where they could enjoy a gun-controlled environment. With this act, they American citizen felt safer than any other time in their lives as the new law targeted to curb possession of gun by individuals thought to offer serious threats. This is well detailed from the research done by justice department, which was later analyzed by the Congressional Research Service. According to this study, the new law had successfully stopped over 150000 people who had been previously convicted of domestic violence from buying guns (Wang, 2004).
First, there was a reported reduction in the number of gun –linked domestic violence nationwide. With these families, especially those known to undergo serious relational problem could live without fear of losing their lives or the life of their loved ones.
Other than cases of gun –related domestic violence the American citizen enjoyed an equal reduction in cases