An emergency protective order filed against former state legislator Steve Nunn by his one-time fiancee specifically prohibited him from the possession or purchase of a firearm.
The domestic violence order obtained by Amanda Ross in March says that "in order to assist in eliminating specific acts of domestic violence and abuse: Respondent is further ordered not to possess, purchase, or attempt to possess, purchase or obtain a firearm during the duration of this order."
Ross, 29, was shot to death on Friday outside of her home. No one has been charged in her death.
Nunn was arrested in Hart County on Friday afternoon after allegedly firing a .38-caliber handgun when police officers approached him. He was charged with six counts of wanton endangerment. Lexington police have said he is a person of interest in the death of Ross.
Nunn was taken to the Bowling Green Medical Center with self-inflicted wounds on his wrists. He was still there on Sunday night, State Police said. He is expected to be moved to the Hart County Jail on Monday.
Police have not said whether the handgun he allegedly brandished belonged to Nunn or where he might have obtained it.
This must be another misuse of the word "brandish." Recently we had lengthy discussions about whether openly carrying guns at the presidential appearances could be called "brandishing." Most agreed it could not, even though a secondary definition of the word could apply.
1. To wave or flourish (a weapon, for example) menacingly.2. To display ostentatiously.
But in today's story, I really don't see how the word could be used. He was said to have fired at police, then they call it "brandishing?" Is that some kind of attempt to downplay the offense? What do you think?
About the title of the post, "Guns are Bad News for Women - Especially in Kentucky," does anyone deny this - like the the last time we discussed it? Here we've got a state in which restraining orders and histories of abusing spouses and partners need not prohibit a man from enjoying his gun rights.
Federal law prohibits someone who has a protective order against them from having a weapon. But that law doesn't require courts or law enforcement to confiscate a gun or other weapon. In other words, domestic violence offenders in many cases continue to possess their guns after their offenses against women.
Kentucky has no state law regarding the possession of weapons by a person who has a domestic violence order against them, but judges often address the issue specifically if an allegation includes information about weapons, Thomas said. Although allegations about weapons are not clear from court documents, Family Court Judge Tim Philpot made the prohibition against them specific for Nunn.
So, in practice, it depends on the case by case pronouncement of the judge. And in this case, for example, Nunn was prohibited. But did officers of the court go to his house and take his gins away? Was he required to surrender all his weapons or face contempt of court charges? It doesn't sound like it.
So, once again the sorry combination of factors makes for a mess. The prevalence of men abusing women combined with the weak gun laws in Kentucky has resulted in another preventable death. May Amanda Ross rest in peace and may her relatives and loved ones find forgiveness and acceptance in their hearts.
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