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NAT’L – GUN CONTROL – Lawmakers offer gun control bill to end ‘boyfriend loophole’

Congressional lawmakers are offering a gun control bill that would prevent convicted domestic abusers from buying or owning firearms. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) introduced The Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act on Tuesday morning, according to HuffPost. According to a copy of the bill published by HuffPost, it aims to amend current law to explicitly prohibit a “dating partner or former dating partner” that was convicted of domestic violence from owning a firearm.  It would also prevent those who were convicted of a misdemeanor crime of stalking from owning a gun.

“Stalking and domestic violence are two of the greatest predictors of future violence, and ignoring those warning signs will lead to preventable murders and deaths,” Dingell said in a statement shared with The Hill. “This legislation will end a dangerous loophole that has been exploited too often in our communities with tragic consequences.”  [full article]

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