It offers policy recommendations that state and federal lawmakers should enact to protect women’s lives and spare our communities from the devastating toll of domestic abuse.Domestic violence and gun violence are intimately connected and directly related to our porous gun laws. In 18 percent of the mass shootings, the perpetrator had been previously charged with domestic violence.“He said he would kill me if I left him or even contacted the police.” Zina’s fear was justified: two days later her husband exploited a loophole in our nation’s laws and bought a gun from an unlicensed seller on the website Armslist.com, evading a background check. America’s weak gun laws failed Zina, just as they fail countless other American women each year. At the same time, an astonishing share of gun violence in America is driven by domestic violence. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Supplementary Homicide Report, 2011.In theory, these laws are designed to protect women in Zina’s circumstances, by keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. Koziol-Mc Lain, et al., Risk factors for femicide within physically abuse intimate relationships: results from a multi-state case control study, 93 Amer. More than half of women murdered with guns in the U. in 2011 — at least 53 percent — were killed by intimate partners or family members. According to FBI data there were 1,221 gun murders in which a woman was the lead victim.Under federal law, this prohibited her husband from buying or possessing firearms, and for good reason.“His threats terrorize my every waking moment,” she wrote in her petition.
Over the past 25 years, more intimate partner homicides in the U. have been committed with guns than with all other weapons combined. Because of the risk that firearms pose when they intersect with domestic violence, a series of federal and state laws aim to keep guns out of the hands of the most dangerous domestic violence offenders.
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And many states lack adequate mechanisms to ensure domestic abusers who own guns turn them in when they become prohibited. By pleading their felony charges down to misdemeanors, these batterers could legally keep their guns despite their criminal convictions—and despite the risk they posed to their intimate partners. Supreme Court has recognized that so long as the victim is one of the family members listed in the federal statute, a general assault conviction counts as a MCDV even if the underlying assault and battery law does not specify that it is limited to domestic abuse situations.
Prohibitions on Gun Possession by Domestic Abusers and Stalkers Various federal and state laws currently seek to prohibit domestic violence offenders from buying or possessing guns. In 1996, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced an amendment to the federal appropriations bill to extend the prohibition against gun ownership to those convicted of a domestic abuse misdemeanor. 2001) (holding that the evidence was insufficient to establish that the defendant had validly waived his right to counsel prior to pleading guilty to an underlying misdemeanor domestic violence charge). And in 2014, the Court recognized that a misdemeanor conviction for domestic abuse that involves physical force against the victim qualifies as an MCDV even if the crime in question did not involve especially “strong” or “violent” force.