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June 22, 2010

The National Network to End Domestic Violence is hosting a national conference on the best enforcement practices of existing firearms legislation as it relates to domestic violence.  The conference, STRENGTHENING FIREARMS PROTECTIONS: Improving the system-wide response, will be held in Baltimore, Maryland July 12-13. 

There is NO registration fee.  This conference is generously supported by the US Dept. of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).  OVW grantees may use their Violence Against Women Act funding to attend this conference.  Go to to register today! 

Conference Details 

The conference will take place July 12-13, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.

NNEDV is convening national experts on state and federal firearms laws to answer your questions.  The focus will be on connecting attendees with experts who can help to solve problems in each state with regard to enforcing state and federal firearms laws.  

Special guest presenters include: 

  • Hon. Susan Carbon, Director, Office on Violence Against Women, US Dept. of Justice
  • Hon. Steven Aycock (Ret.), Assistant Director, Family Violence Department, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
  • Hon. Peter MacDonald (Ret.), Former Judge of the Judicial District of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Marnie Shiels, Attorney Advisor, Office on Violence Against Women, US Dept. of Justice
  • Fanny Haslebacher, Assistant General Counsel, Access Integrity Unit, FBI Office of The General Counsel, Currently Detailed to the DOJ Office on Violence Against Women
  • James P. Vann, Division Counsel, Washington Field Division Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Dave Thomas, Program Administrator, Domestic Violence Education, Johns Hopkins University
  • Hallie Bongar White, Executive Director, Southwest Center for Law and Policy
  • Travis Fritsch, Project Manager, Mary Byron Project, Inc.
  • Millicent Shaw Phipps, Managing Attorney, National Center on Full Faith and Credit
  • Roberta (Rob) Valente, General Counsel, National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • Successful state teams from Maryland and Virginia

This conference will be very interactive.  Rather than lengthy lectures, the sessions will include questions, answers and discussions with presenters and attendees. 

Presenters will discuss:  which federal firearms laws apply in domestic violence cases and which federal agencies implement and enforce those laws; how to ensure that the right information is entered into federal databases; best practices for seizure and storage of firearms; how to comply with the VAWA certification regarding federal firearms laws; and how to work with allies in the military and tribes to improve enforcement.  


Monday, July 12, 9:00 am – 4:30pm:

  • Address by the Hon. Susan Carbon, Director of the Office on Violence Against Women, US Dept. of Justice
  • Overview and Basic Federal Firearms Training: What information states need to know
  • Presentation: State team that has successfully developed a system for improving state/federal enforcement of federal domestic violence firearms laws
  • Breakouts: Military, Tribal, Law enforcement, Interaction of federal and state laws, and judicial notification.  
  • Problem-solving issues with the experts.  

Tuesday, July 13, 9:00 am -- 4:30pm

  • Presentation: Working effectively with law enforcement, seizure and storage of firearms
  • Breakouts: Problem-solving with the experts
  • Presentation: State and federal databases: What’s needed to make enforcement work
  • Presentation by Faculty: Working with the judiciary
  • Developing questions and resources to bring back to states about building relationships with federal agencies, working with state court systems, developing safe and effective databases  


Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

202 East Pratt Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: 1-800-266-9432

Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel and accommodation.  NNEDV has secured a discount rate of $159.00 plus 13.50% tax at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Please call the hotel directly at 1-800-266-9432 and give the code "National Network to End Domestic Violence."  Please register and book your hotel room by Wednesday, June 30 to secure the discounted rate.