S. 2843 — the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA) — contains life-saving gun safety provisions that will keep firearms away from dangerous domestic abusers and provide law enforcement with important tools to intervene when domestic abusers are trying to illegally obtain firearms. This bill is the companion to the House-passed bipartisan VAWA Reauthorization Act, and would close the boyfriend loophole and the stalker loophole. The VAWA bill that Republican Senators have put forward (S.2920) includes none of these gun violence prevention measures.
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As your constituent, I urge you to support S. 2843, the version of the Violence Against Women Act that includes life-saving gun violence prevention provisions that can work to keep guns away from abusive dating partners. You can take an important step towards reducing gun violence in America by voting for this version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill – the counterpart to the bipartisan House reauthorization bill that passed earlier this year. I ask you to support S. 2843 to keep guns away from abusive dating partners and to alert local law enforcement when domestic abusers illegally attempt to buy guns.
When a gun is present in a domestic violence situation, it's five times more likely that the woman will be killed by her abusive partner. And intimate partner homicides are as likely to be committed by dating partners as by spouses. Now's the time to stand with survivors and address the deadly loopholes in federal law that let stalkers and violent dating partners get their hands on guns by voting for S. 2843.