Bipartisan bill hopes to keep domestic abusers from purchasing firearms
U.S. Congresswoman Kathleen Rice is introducing a new bill that will help prevent domestic abusers from purchasing firearms in any state.
It's called the Domestic Violence Records Reporting Improvement Act.
Rice says a loophole lies with some courts that don't always update domestic violence convictions and orders of protection. Meaning when a criminal background check is done, the suspected domestic abuser is able to purchase a gun.
"This is just another loophole we've been trying to close," she said. "If you have violent tendencies, you should not be able to have a gun."
According to domestic violence experts, more than 600 women in the U.S. are shot and killed by an intimate partner each year. They say when an abuser has access to a gun, a domestic violence victim is five times more likely to be killed.
If the bill passes, states would be given grants that would allow them to install the proper computer system to make sure current information on domestic abusers is entered into the national database. It is not known when the legislation will be up for a vote.