In the U.S., on average 48 women are shot to death each month by intimate partners. Convicted stalkers can legally buy and own guns in 29 states (not in New York). And the presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a woman will be murdered.

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Today the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s bill, “Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act” (S 1290), to address this crisis.

S.1290 would would protect victims of stalking and dating abuse by ensuring that abusive dating partners and convicted stalkers can’t legally buy and possess guns.  Although more women in the U.S. are killed by dating partners than by spouses, current federal law prohibits gun possession by abusive spouses but generally allows those who abuse their dating partners to continue to buy and have guns.

Please take action!

1. Urge your New York State Senators to co-sponsor S1290. Call Senator Schumer at 202-224-6542 and Senator Gillibrand at 202-224-4451.
2. Ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor the House version, H.R. 4906. Find your representative here.