FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2017
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STATEMENT: Gabby Giffords, Domestic Violence Prevention Leaders Applaud Reintroduction Of Bipartisan Proposal To Protect Women From Abusers & Stalkers With Guns
WASHINGTON, DC - Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the Co-Founder of the gun violence prevention organization Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), and members of the Women's Coalition for Common Sense today applauded the reintroduction of a bipartisan proposal, the Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act in the U.S. Senate, that protects victims of domestic violence and stalking by helping keep guns out of the hands of abusers and convicted stalkers.
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:
"Guns and domestic violence are a deadly, tragic mix. Every 16 hours a woman is fatally shot in our country by an ex-spouse or intimate partner. As a nation, we should be outraged. This bill won't stop every act of violence, but it does represent a major step forward that will help make women and their families safer. I applaud Senator Klobuchar, Congresswoman Dingell and Congressman Donovan for putting politics aside and introducing a bipartisan proposal. I urge my former colleagues in Congress to support this responsible legislation to help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and make our country a safer place to live."
Kim Gandy, President & CEO, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and Advisory Committee member of the Women's Coalition for Common Sense:
"We applaud the reintroduction of this important bill. While federal law prohibits some perpetrators from keeping their firearms, dangerous loopholes still allow convicted stalkers and dating violence abusers to purchase firearms. Representatives Dingell and Donovan aim to close these loopholes, which would save countless lives."
Katie Ray-Jones, CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and Advisory Committee member of the Women's Coalition for Common Sense:
"In a survey conducted by The Hotline, 22 percent of participants said their abusive partner had threatened to use a firearm, and 67 percent believed their partner was capable of killing them. It's clear that our nation's leaders need to do more to help protect victims of domestic violence and their families, and that's exactly what this commonsense bill will do. I want to thank Senator Klobuchar, Congresswoman Dingell and Congressman Donovan for their leadership on this life-saving bill."
Ruth Glenn, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Executive Director, and Advisory Committee member of the Women's Coalition for Common Sense:
"Female victims of domestic violence are five times more likely to be killed by a current or former abusive partner when the perpetrator of violence has access to a firearm. This commonsense bill will not only help keep guns out of the hands of abusers and convicted stalkers, it will help save lives. I hope our leaders in Congress will listen to the many domestic violence survivors, advocates and public safety officials who are urging Washington to do more to protect women from violence and pass this bill."
About the House-introduced Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act and the Senate-introduced Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act
The legislation makes two commonsense changes to federal law that currently make it easy for perpetrators of dating violence and those convicted of misdemeanor stalking to legally access guns. The bill would:
Background On The Nexus Of Domestic Violence, Dating Partner Abuse, Stalking And Access To Firearms