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      senate Committees
      Senate Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJuly 11th, 2013

What is it?

S. 1290 would expand the protections granted to spouses under domestic and family violence laws to also include intimate partners and dating partners. It would also expand the definition of "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” to include when a current or former intimate partner attempts to use physical force or a deadly weapon on their significant other.

As the law stands today, people with convictions of "misdemeanor domestic violence" are prohibited from purchasing firearms. By expanding the definition of this crime, S. 1290 would be adding convicted stalkers to the list of people who are not allowed to buy firearms.


This bill also bans people from selling or giving firearms (or ammunition) to a person who they know — or have reasonable suspicion to believe — have been convicted of a crime of domestic violence.

Impact

Victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and stalking, and gun retailers.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is not available.

More Information

In Depth:

Supporters of the bill leverage these stats:

"Domestic abusers who have access to guns are over seven times more likely to kill their partners than those who don't have such access. A report released by the Center for American Progress last week shows that stalkers and physically abusive dating partners can be just as deadly as a violent spouse. One study of female murder victims in 10 cities found that three-quarters of the women killed, and 85 percent of women who survived a murder attempt by a current or former intimate partner, had been stalked in the previous year. And almost half of all intimate-partner homicides are committed by a non-married, non-cohabitating dating partner who was not covered by federal gun restrictions."

On the other hand, firearm advocates see this legislation as a manipulation of emotionally compelling subject matter to set down federal gun regulations. The National Rifle Association (NRA) has also chimed in to offer opposition:  

"Stalking' offenses do not necessarily include violent or even threatening behavior. Under federal law, for example, stalking includes 'a course of conduct' that never involves any personal contact whatsoever, occurs wholly through the mail, online media, or telephone service, is undertaken with the intent to 'harass' and would be reasonably expected to cause (even if it doesn't succeed in causing) 'substantial emotional distress' to another person."

Media:

The Huffington Post

Think Progress

RH Reality Check
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AKA

Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2013

Official Title

A bill to protect victims of stalking from gun violence.