A team that reviews domestic-violence cases will lay out plans to curb deaths resulting from those crimes.
The Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team will share its annual report on the trends it found with the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night. It will also lay out recommendations based on the study.
The report shows that in all four cases of domestic-violence deaths so far this year, a gun was used as the weapon. It’s the first time that all domestic-violence slayings in a review were linked to guns.
The task force said three of the accused killers had criminal records and should not have been allowed to have a gun or ammunition.
The review team says its top priority now is better enforcement of laws to keep guns and bullets out of the hands of convicted felons.
The report also shows that drugs or alcohol were involved in at least three of the deadly incidents of domestic violence.
The group is now pushing for harsher sentences and encouraging police departments to take more steps to ask questions of victims that could prevent domestic violence from turning deadly.