According to Fox News Digital, two Democratic senators sponsored legislation last week to make it illegal for convicted domestic violence offenders to acquire or purchase weapons.
The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which President Joe Biden (D) signed last year and added domestic violence offenders in dating relationships to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, is being proposed to have further limits put on it.
Those previously convicted of domestic violence are temporarily prohibited from acquiring or owning a gun under the existing 2022 legislation. If no more crimes have been committed in the five years following the conclusion of their term, the convicted abuser will be taken off the NICS registry and permitted to legally possess weapons once more.
The Strengthening Safeguards for the Domestic Violence and Stalking Survivors Bill would prevent “convicted stalkers and any former dating partners found guilty of a domestic violence crime from purchasing or owning weapons, regardless as to when the relationship happened,” if it were to become law.
Last Monday, Democrat senators from Minnesota and Michigan, Amy Klobuchar and Debbie Dingell, introduced legislation that would outlaw the possession of firearms permanently by abusers who are in romantic relationships. The proposed measure would eliminate the requirement that convicted abusers must have “recently” violated the law. The proposed legislation from the senators would also cover convicted stalkers.
In the 2022 bill, Klobuchar and Dingell want to remove what is known as the “boyfriend loophole.”
Dingell stated that there is still a “boyfriend gap” in federal law that permits violent romantic partners who are subject to restraining orders and also convicted stalkers to possess weapons. “I am all too familiar with this worry. When I was a child, I shared a home with my father, a man who shouldn’t have had access to a gun. I recall the panic I and my siblings had as we hid from him inside the closet out of concern that he could use it to harm my mother.”
As a former prosecutor, Klobuchar stated, “I have personally witnessed the devastating mental and physical toll stalking has on victims, particularly when weapons are involved. Our common-sense legislation would safeguard victims and ultimately save lives by barring convicted stalkers from obtaining weapons.”
The measure put up by the Democratic senators was co-sponsored by Pennsylvania Republican Representative Brian Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick said, “Domestic abusers should never be given access to weapons, period. This bipartisan measure takes away the ability of dangerous domestic abusers to obtain weapons under the existing intimate partner loophole.”
Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) of California, Mazie Hirono (D) of Hawaii, and Sheila Jackson Lee (D) of Texas have all endorsed the proposed legislation.