A FAREWELL TO ARMS

HOW THE MILITARY PLANS TO ENFORCE A LAW DENYING GUNS TO ABUSIVE SPOUSES

Until her divorce last year, Annette LaFrancis was routinely beaten by her husband, a Navy submariner with the rank of chief petty officer. He was eventually convicted of assault, but LaFrancis can never forget how often she feared for her life. Her terror was compounded by six guns he had illicitly stashed in their Navy-owned house in Groton, Conn. "I'd worry that one day he'd flip out and use one on me," she says.

The Pentagon is getting ready to protect wives like LaFrancis from their armed husbands. The story of how this came to be is partly about unintended consequences...

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