The restraining order process for gun violence cases
A gun violence restraining order can stop someone from having or owning any firearms (guns), firearm parts, ammunition, and magazines. Once you turn in the request, a judge will decide quickly whether to grant temporary protection now. The whole process can take a few weeks to months, depending on how complicated the case is. If the judge grants a long-term restraining order, it can last up to five years.
Ask for a restraining order
You will complete and turn in court papers. A judge will decide whether to grant temporary orders right away.
Serve the other side
The other side (person you think is dangerous) must be served with (given) the court papers you filed with the court.
Go to court
You will tell the judge why a restraining order is needed. You can bring witnesses and evidence to support the case. The other side can bring witnesses and evidence, too.
Finish the case
If the judge grants you a long-term restraining order, there may be a couple more steps to take.