In recent weeks I have had the opportunity to work with a woman whom I will call Lilly. Lilly and her husband got counseling with their minister at the church they attended. Husband complained that Lilly needed counseling for pre menopause. As he described as irrational behavior and stated to his minister that he needed help coping with wife's behavior. Minister suggested that the two get separated to save the marriage and seek more intense therapy with him. Husband help Lilly move out into an apartment and solicited their friends and family in the move. Lilly ask husband for some of her personal things at the family home. Husband stated that either he was busy or wasn't ready to except her personal thing being moved as he expected for her to move back. Lilly went to the family home why he was taking a vacation with his friends. While in the house Lilly found hand guns, evidence of drug use, alcohol etc. Husband was sober for the entire 10 year marriage, nor did he do drugs. He never went hunting nor shown any interest in firearms nor was there any in the home during the marriage. Several weeks later Lilly found out that for almost two years of the marriage he was seeing someone else. The counseling thing and him blaming her that she was crazy was all a rouse to try and have her look crazy. When lilly confronted him, he became angry and threating and she became concerned since he had hand guns. Lilly went back to the family home took the hand guns and all her remaining possessions. Lilly then turned over the guns to the State Police and filed a PFA against him.
Here is the question: Should the courts order to give the handguns back to him or is it more prudent to keep them out of his hands?