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Disarming Domestic Abusers

The Issue

When it comes to gun violence against women, the United States is the most dangerous country in the developed world. More than half of women murdered with guns in the US are killed by an intimate partner or family member.

 

Our Approach

Lawmakers should protect all survivors of domestic violence, including non-married partners, by preventing abusers from possessing firearms after a criminal conviction or while under a restraining order. And the law must ensure that abusers actually turn in their guns after becoming prohibited from possessing guns in a court of law.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a critical law that has had bipartisan support since 1994. Common-sense gun safety provisions in a new reauthorization bill will expand domestic violence protections for victims, close the boyfriend and stalker loopholes, and require law enforcement officials to be notified each time an abuser tries to buy a firearm and fails the background check. The NRA is inserting itself in the federal fight against VAWA to stop these provisions and allow domestic abusers to continue to have easy access to guns. Add your name to the petition and urge Congress to stand up for the safety of women and to REJECT the NRA’s extremist position.

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