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April 21, 2009

At the press conference, they announced proposed legislation to close the gun show loophole, which allows people to purchase guns from unlicensed gun show dealers without going through any background check. A gun is the most common weapon used in domestic violence cases, and passing this common-sense legislation would help save thousands of lives.

NNEDV urged lawmakers to pass legislation to close the legal loophole that allows domestic abusers and other violent offenders to purchase firearms at gun shows. This loophole allows people to purchase guns from unlicensed gun show dealers without going through any background check.

A gun is the most common weapon used in domestic violence cases, and passing common-sense legislation would help save thousands of lives.

"Domestic abusers should not have access to guns," said Sue Else, NNEDV president. "Many batterers exploit the gun show loophole, and the consequences are life-threatening and fatal. Arming people who brutally beat their spouses or partners is a recipe for disaster."

According to a 2003 study, access to firearms increases the risk of intimate partner homicide by more than five times. A 2004 study found that more than three times as many women are murdered by guns used by their husbands or intimate partners than are murdered by strangers' guns, knives, or other weapons combined.

"Senator Lautenberg has long been a champion for ending gun violence," Else said. "We applaud Senators Lautenberg, Reed, Feinstein and those who stand with them in the fight against gun violence. Countless domestic violence victims benefit from their leadership."

One of NNEDV's six federal legislative priorities is to push for the extension of criminal background checks to gun shows, thereby closing the loophole and reducing gun violence.

"Senator Lautenberg's legislation makes sense," Else said. "The bill would save lives and increase safety for domestic violence victims and their children."

 April 21, 2009