Is there a loophole for boyfriends in the bipartisan gun agreement announced by Senators?

Wednesday, June 15, 2022
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A bipartisan group Pushes For Background Checks For Domestic Abusers

A new bill from a bipartisan group introduces a mandate that federal officials notify state law enforcement when a gun purchaser has been denied a background check. It would also make it easier for states to impose stricter gun laws on their residents. But the bipartisan group is not the only one pushing for gun control. Members of Congress also have a hand in enacting this legislation.

WASHINGTON -- In an attempt to respond to the mass shootings, senators from both parties reached tentatively a deal to pass a gun bill. It would increase red flag laws and spend more money on mental health. The legislation also closes the loophole that allowed some domestic abusers access to firearms. The loophole has been a problem for gun control advocates since the 1980s. However, like all gun legislation, they have failed to address the issue. There is renewed momentum behind gun control after the massacres at Buffalo and Uvalde in Texas. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who is a strong supporter of gun right, gave the senators a major boost on Tuesday. He announced that he supports the bipartisan framework of the gun package. More: Democrats want to close the boyfriend loophole and add gun provisions to the domestic violence bill

Is there a boyfriend loophole?

Federal law prohibits felons from possessing firearms. Misdemeanor domestic violence against spouses, ex-spouses, parents, or anyone with whom the victim lived is also prohibited. This makes women who are not married to an abuser, but have been living together with them, vulnerable. Gun control activists say women are at risk from threatening partners and boyfriends-turned-stalkers who have violent pasts. Brady is a non-profit organization working to stop gun violence.A woman is killed or wounded by her current or former partner approximately every 16 hours. Brady reports that there were 653 domestic violence-related gun deaths in the United States in 2018.

Which laws govern background checks?

Background checks must be done on all firearm dealers licensed by the state. This is to ensure that guns are not stolen from criminals or domestic abusers. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, (GAO),. A federally-licensed dealer must first request that a buyer buy a firearm. According to the GAO, the buyer may share personal information such as date and name with the seller. This is done in order to find records that might prohibit gun sales.

What is the average time it takes for an FBI agent to complete a background check?

Although the FBI only has three days for background checks, some agencies take longer. The FBI will continue its background investigation if the seller does not complete it within three days. According to the GAO, license dealers sold approximately 6,200 guns to victims of domestic violence from 2006 to 2015. Approximately 550 guns were sold to those with protection orders related to domestic violence.

What happens to a customer who has a track?

The FBI can seize guns from buyers who are prohibited by law from possessing firearms. According to GAO, guns were sold to customers. Domestic abusers are those who have lived, married, or had a child together with the victim. They do not have to be dating partners. According to Everytown for Gun Safety. According to gun control groups, this loophole in law, known as the boyfriend loophole is becoming more deadly.

Since three decades ago, the number of murders by partners in dating has increased. Now women are twice as likely to die from these partners than their spouses.

When did the issue arise?

After the 1991 elections, a record number were elected to Congress by women. This was a result of Anita Hill's powerful testimony against Clarence Thomas as Supreme Court nominee. Activists attempted to close the loophole in the Violence Against Women Act 1994, but failed. More: A bipartisan group of senators has reached an agreement to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act Opposition from the gun lobby prevented subsequent attempts to include the language in VAWA renewals. One of them was the one President Joe Biden signed this year.

What happens next?

Although the Senate already has the framework to change gun regulations, the legislation language must be written and introduced. Sens. The effort was led by Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and John Cornyn, R.Texas. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) speaks out about gun violence at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. McConnell, the Republican leader, has long been close to the National Rifle Association. His support for the framework is important, especially the closing of the loophole. Contributing: Maureen Groppe and Dylan Wells Original publication: USA TODAY Loophole for the boyfriend: A bipartisan gun agreement would affect domestic abusers