Tell Your Representatives to Close the Boyfriend Loophole

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domestic violence and guns

Closing the “Boyfriend Loophole” is a vital step in protecting domestic violence survivors. What you can do is simple, send the below letter to your Senator or Congressmember, urging them to pass this Act. Please note, in order to have your individual voice be heard, you must add a sentence or two that makes this letter your own. Otherwise, your representatives will lump all letters together as one. You can find a list your senators and their addresses here.

Dear Senator / Congressmember,

As a voter and constituent, I am writing to urge you to support the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act & Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act (S. 1539/H.R. 3207). I believe it is extremely urgent to close the dangerous loopholes in federal law that often allow domestic abusers to buy and possess guns simply because they are not married to their victims.

This loophole disproportionately affects women, who are 16 times more likely to be shot and killed with a gun than women in other high-income countries. When domestic abusers possess a gun it increases the chances that they will shoot and kill their partner exponentially, as we have seen by the steady increase of homicides committed by dating partners over the past three decades.

Prohibiting gun purchase and possession by anyone who is convicted of a stalking crime is a vital step in protecting victims and closing this loophole. It is a common sense policy that will help save the lives of many victims of domestic abuse and stalking. I will be following the progression of this bill and hope to see you support its adoption.