Renew a Firearms Restraining Order

The Firearms Restraining Order After Hearing (Form GV-130) will have an expiration (end) date of 1 year on the first page in item 3. That means that on that date, the order will end on that date, and the restrained person will no longer have to follow the order.

If you are still concerned and want the firearms restraining order to stay in place, you have to ask the corut to “renew” it, which makes it last another year.

You must ask the court to renew your restraining order BEFORE your current one ends.

Asking to Renew the Firearms Restraining Order

1. Fill out your court forms
Fill out:

  • Request to Renew Firearms Restraining Order (Form GV-700);
  • Notice of Hearing on Request to Renew Firearms Restraining Order (Form GV-710); and
  • Attach a copy of your current Firearms Restraining Order After Hearing (Form GV-130) to Form GV-700.

2. Have your forms reviewed.
If your court’s self-help center helps people with firearms restraining orders, ask them to review your paperwork. They can make sure you filled it out properly before you move ahead with your case.

3. Make at least 2 copies of all your forms.
One copy will be for you, another copy will be for restrained person. The original is for the court.

4. Take your forms to the court clerk.
The clerk will give your forms to the judge and will file your papers.

5. The clerk or judge will set a hearing date.
You must go to the hearing. Form GV-710 will tell you when and where it will be. Your restraining order will remain in effect.

6. Figure out WHEN you have to serve your papers by.
You will have to serve the papers on the restrained person by the deadline the judge writes on your papers. This is so that the restrained person has a few days to respond to your request and prepare for court.

To find your deadline for service:

  • Look at your court date on Item 3 of Form GV-710.
  • Look at the number of days written on Item 4 on page 2 of Form GV-710.
  • Subtract the number of days in Item 4 from the court date. That is your deadline to serve your papers. (You can always serve before the deadline!).

7. Have the restrained person served.
Ask your local law enforcement agenct to personally serve the restrained person with a copy of:

  • Request to Renew Firearms Restraining Order (Form GV-700);
  • Notice of Hearing on Request to Renew Firearms Restraining Order (Form GV-710);
  • Your current Firearms Restraining Order After Hearing (Form GV-130); and
  • A blank Response to Request to Renew Firearms Restraining Order (Form GV-720) (for the restrained person to use to answer).

Remember, the papers should be served by a law enforcement officer.  Do not ask a friend or family member to serve them. And do not attempt to serve them yourself.  Do not use a private process server. For more help with service, read the section on read the section on service of process.

8. File your proof of service.
Make sure the law enforcement officer fills out a Proof of Personal Service (Form GV-200) and either files it himself or herself, or gives it to you so you can file it with the court. This form tells the judge and police that the restrained person got a copy of the Request to Renew and the Notice of Hearing.

  • Make 2 copies of the original Proof of Service.
  • Take the original and the copies to the court clerk at least 2 days before your hearing. The clerk will file the original and give you back the copies stamped "Filed."

9. Go to your court hearing.

Your Court Hearing

At the hearing, the judge will decide whether or not to renew the restraining order.

If you are still afraid of restrained person, let the court room officer know. If the restrained person has disobeyed the order you are trying to renew, make sure you tell the judge and provide any proof or details about the violations.

It will be up to the judge to decide whether or not to renew your restraining order for 1 more year.

If the judge renews the restraining order at the hearing:

1. Fill out an Order On Request to Renew Firearms Restraining Order (Form GV-730), attach the restraining order (Form GV-130) that the judge renewed, and give it to the clerk. The judge will sign Form GV-730 renewing your restraining order.

  • The clerk will file the original and give you copies stamped "Filed."

2. Serve the restrained person.

  • If the restrained person was NOT at the hearing, Form GV-730 must be served on the restrained person in person, not by mail. Ask your local law enforcement agency to serve the retrained person. The officer will complete a Proof of Personal Service (Form GV-200) and either file it with the court or give it to you to file.
  • If the restrained person was at the hearing, he or she does not have to be served with the order, but it is a good idea to do it.  If you choose to, you can have him or her served with a copy of Form GV-730 by mail. Ask the server to complete a Proof of Service by Mail (Form GV-250) and give it to you to file.

3. File your proof of service.

  • Make 2 copies of the completed Proof of Service (Form GV-200 or Form GV-250). Mail or take the original and the copies to the court clerk. The clerk will file the original and give you back the copies stamped "Filed."
  • The court will send the Proof of Service and Form GV-730 to law enforcement for you. That way, police across the state know that the restrained person knows about the orders.

4. Keep 1 copy of the Order on Request to Renew Firearms Restraining Order (Form GV-730), with the Firearms Restraining Order After Hearing (Form GV-130) and the filed Proof of Service with you AT ALL times.

  • Keep another in a safe place in case you need to show it to the police.
  • Give a copy of your new order to everyone and every place that had a copy of the last one.

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