This legislation is of critical importance to save women’s lives because firearms are the most commonly used method in domestic abuse related murders. According to the Death Review Executive Summary, 63.7% of domestic violence related deaths in 2007-2008 were caused by firearms. The Iowa Attorney General's Crime Victim Assistance Division reports that 108 Iowans have been killed by firearms in domestic violence murders since 1995.
The proposed legislation Senate File 2357 would give local law enforcement the authority and the process for taking firearms out of the hands of a person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic abuse or a person who has a qualifying protective order against him. Currently there is already similar federal law in place. However, without local law enforcement involved abusers will not, and are not, abiding by the federal firearms ban.
For many more details and an overview of progress to date, see: http://icadv.org/firearms_bill_2010.asp