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Owning a firearm makes an abuser five times more likely to kill their partner. Every 16 hours in the United States, someone is shot and killed by their partner or former partner. Luckily, convicted domestic abusers are not allowed to own a gun. However, this only applies if they have been married to the victim, live with the victim, have a child together, or are a victim’s parent or guardian. This, which many call the “boyfriend loophole,” allows all other convicted domestic abusers, including stalkers and current/former dating partners, to own guns.

Source: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert/Youtube

This loophole allows thousands of abusers to have access to guns. 33 states have taken steps to close the loophole, but this should become a federal law to protect victims across the entire country! Recently Congress updated the Violence Against Women Act, and it’s time that they do it again. The new version includes protections for American, transgender, and immigrant women but is still too narrow and leaves too many people at risk. Sign this petition to urge Congress to update the Violence Against Women Act and protect victims!

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