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Texas struggles to get guns away from domestic violence suspects, leaving victims in danger

Although there are laws on the books preventing certain people from possessing guns, there are few places in the state where the criminal justice system has programs to hand over firearms to law enforcement — leaving survivors at a heightened risk for gun violence.

A Taurus Tracker .357 magnum gun and bullets are displayed at a trade show for the defense and security industry in Latin America, in Rio de Janeiro on April 9, 2013.

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From left, Heather Mahaffey and Shelli Shields sit in the outside seating area at the Grayson County Crisis Center in Sherman, Texas on Wednesday, October 5, 2022.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline phone number is visible on the front door of the Grayson County Crisis Center in Sherman, Texas on Wednesday, October 5, 2022.
Purple flags placed by members of the Grayson County Crisis Center stand outside the at the Grayson County Court House in Sherman, Texas on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Purple is the color that represents domestic violence.

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