NYAGV was on hand February 20 with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Richard Blumenthal, other elected officials, and domestic violence survivors to call for legislation to strengthen federal laws regarding domestic violence and guns.
Gillibrand and Blumenthal are urging Congress to pass two measures introduced by last year by Blumenthal:
· The Lori Jackson Domestic Survivor Protection Act (S. 1834), to close loopholes pertaining to temporary restraining orders and dating violence.
· The Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention Act of 2015 (S. 2198), to give states additional resources to remove firearms from domestic abusers.
“We applaud Senator Gillibrand for addressing the loopholes in federal law that allow stalkers and abusive dating partners to buy and possess guns, even while under a temporary domestic violence restraining order,” said Leah Gunn Barrett, NYAGV Executive Director. “When a gun is present in a domestic violence situation, the risk of homicide increases by 500%,” she added.