Arkansans will be among those on hand Wednesday when two dozen domestic violence victims and advocats for the cause testify at a Senate Judiciary Heart over loopholes in a federal law that allow abusers and stalkers to buy and keep guns.
The advocacy group Every Town for Gun Safety is promoting the appearance. It says more than half the women killed by guns are killed by partners or family members and that American women are more likely to be killed with a gun than women in other developed countries.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar has proposed legislation to ensure that abusive partners and convicted stalkers can’t have guns. The law prohibits possession by abusive spouses, but generally allows abusive partners to continue to have guns, the advocacy group says. Laws have been passed in several states to achieve this aim, including Republican-led Wisconsin and Louisiana. (Those bills marked a course change for the NRA. It stayed neutral on the state legislation after having fought some domestic violence enforcement in years past, perhaps in hopes of winning more women to its cause.)
But the NRA is firm on the federal legislation. Writes the Coalition to Stop Handgun Violence:
… the NRA argues that the legislation “manipulates emotionally compelling issues such as ‘domestic violence’ and ‘stalking’ simply to cast as wide a net as possible for federal firearm prohibitions.”
Ken Wade, executive director of the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is among those who’ll be speaking in Washington.