NRA fights Dingell measure to stop domestic abusers from getting guns

NRA fights Dingell measure to stop domestic abusers from getting guns

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U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn (Photo: File, The Detroit News) Washington — The National Rifle Association is opposing reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act this week over a gun-reform provision by Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell that the NRA says "politicized" an otherwise noncontroversial bill. Dingell’s measure aims to close the so-called "boyfriend" loophole by amending federal law to include convicted abusers of current or former dating partners among those prohibited from purchasing or owning firearms. Those convicted of domestic abuse currently can lose their weapons only if their victim is their current or former spouse, or they have a child with the victim. Dingell’s provision also would prohibit firearm ownership by people convicted of misdemeanor stalking. "What we’re trying to do it close a loophole. Keep women safe," said Dingell, a Dearborn Democrat. "It’s not naming anybody who is innocent. If somebody can’t get access to a gun, it’s because they were convicted of stalking or abuse." The NRA is urging lawmakers to oppose the bill, which is set for a Thursday vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. It argues there are no “loopholes” for domestic violence or stalking, and that the legal system has sufficient tools to prohibit dangerous individuals from possessing firearms. The group says it had not previously gotten involved in the debate over the Violence Against Women Act, first passed in 1994, because it didn’t contain firearm provisions. The NRA says "former dating partners" is a subjective term that could be abused. Some […]

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