Why it’s so hard to keep guns out of abusive households

Richard D’Alauro is the National Rifle Association’s field representative in New York City and surrounding suburbs, and he kept dozens of different firearms of all kinds at his Long Island home. But in 2010, after he was charged in a domestic violence dispute, police confiscated more than 39 pistols, shotgun and rifles from his East Newport home.

His wife, Maribeth D’Alauro, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and walks with a cane, divorced him after the incident. She later told the New York Daily News he was a “bully” who had subjected her to “years of domestic violence.”

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