WASHINGTON DC – Today, Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) re-introduced the No Guns for Abusers Act to protect victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence remains a persistent threat to many Americans––particularly women––and firearm ownership can often escalate abuse and turn deadly. The risk of intimate partner homicide is five times greater if an abuser has access to a firearm.
“The pandemic has brought on stay-at-home orders nationwide, increasing the risk of intimate partner violence,” said Swalwell. “Never has it been more important to take action to prevent guns from remaining in the hands of domestic abusers. We have a clear opportunity to save lives with this legislation—it should not be a partisan issue.”
Federal law makes it illegal for convicted abusers or those subject to a protection order to purchase firearms. The No Guns for Abusers Act would provide an analysis of the complicated relinquishment issue and make recommendations for how states and localities can set up the best possible system to get guns out of the hands of dangerous abusers.
Under the bill’s direction, the federal government would help encourage states to establish relinquishment systems by providing grants to those that adopt them, and by leading the way through federal programming. The No Guns for Abusers Act would improve and expand the relinquishment of firearms by domestic abusers nationwide and save countless lives.
The bill is supported by Everytown for Gun Safety and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
The full text of the bill can be found here.
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