Statement Regarding U.S. Senate Bipartisan Gun Safety Proposal

Monday, June 13, 2022

Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) President & CEO, Meghan Scanlon, today issued the following statement: “We applaud the bipartisan gun safety proposal announced yesterday by the U.S. Senate and thank Senators Murphy and Blumenthal for their continued leadership to protect Americans from senseless gun violence. The proposal includes critical protections for survivors of domestic violence by closing the federal “boyfriend loophole,” extending firearm prohibitions to those who are convicted of domestic violence or the subject of a restraining order against an intimate partner with whom they are not married. All convicted domestic violence offenders and those subject to civil restraining orders will also be entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) making it easier to determine their disqualification from gun possession. With survivors five times more likely to be killed if their abuser has access to firearms, we know that domestic violence and firearms are a deadly combination. These commonsense changes will make survivors safer.”

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