Liberty House supports gun ban for domestic violence - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Liberty House supports gun ban for domestic violence

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Local artists auction work to benefit Albany Humane Society

    Local artists auction work to benefit Albany Humane Society

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:07 AM EDT2014-09-16 08:07:28 GMT
    Animal lovers can give back to the Albany Humane Society in a very unique way. Local artists will be auctioning off their work to benefit the non-profit organization through Artists for Animals. More >>
    Animal lovers can give back to the Albany Humane Society in a very unique way. Local artists will be auctioning off their work to benefit the non-profit organization through Artists for Animals. 
    More >>
  • Worth County is Camera Ready

    Worth County is Camera Ready

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:50:56 GMT
    Karen Rackley, Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce Executive DirectorKaren Rackley, Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director
    Every county in Georgia is now camera ready.Worth County is one of the final 20 counties that just earned the designation meant to show television and movie producers that local communities are able and willing to help them. More >>
    Every county in Georgia is now camera ready.Worth County is one of the final 20 counties that just earned the designation meant to show television and movie producers that local communities are able and willing to help them. More >>
  • Sylvester city departments remain without phone service

    Sylvester city departments remain without phone service

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:50:33 GMT
    Bill Yearta, Mayor of SylvesterBill Yearta, Mayor of Sylvester
    All city departments in Sylvester remain without phone service. The phone system went down on Monday at Sylvester City Hall and the police, fire, and public works departments.More >>
    All city departments in Sylvester remain without phone service. The phone system went down on Monday at Sylvester City Hall and the police, fire, and public works departments.More >>
ALBANY, GA - (WALB) -

The U.S. Supreme Court upholds a federal law banning domesticviolence offenders from being able to carry a gun.

Leaders at The Liberty House Domestic Violence shelter supportthat ruling and say it was a long time coming.

Even minor domestic violence offenders can be prevented frompossessing guns.

"This is a significant ruling that is going to savelives," said Silke Deely, Executive Director of Liberty House.

Wednesday, the Supreme Court upheld a law keeping guns out of thehands of convicted batterers. The Liberty House of Albany provides shelter andservices for victims of domestic violence.

"If we can get guns out of the hands of those who will usethem inappropriately to hurt other human beings, it's a win situation,"said Deely.

The court also ruled this law can be enforced in states where noproof of physical force is required to support a misdemeanor domestic violencecharge.

"That included pushing, shoving. Not just somebody gettingpunched in the face or broken arms," said Deely.

Deely says when guns are involved in a domestic violence case; itdrastically increases the chances that the victim will be killed.  She hopes this ruling will help decreasethose numbers.

"I think time will tell how well this is going to work, it'sbetter than nothing," said Deely.

I spoke with onegun seller in Albany who says when a domestic violence conviction comes up in abackground check; they absolutely will not sell to that person.

Copyright2014 WALB. All rights reserved.