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Guns and Violence Against Women

“Guns and Violence Against Women – America’s Uniquely Lethal Domestic Violence Problem” explores how our country’s weak gun laws allow domestic abusers and stalkers to continue buying and owning firearms. The report includes a first-of-its-kind analysis of domestic violence laws in all 50 states and outlines policy recommendations lawmakers can take to save women’s lives given that, when it comes to gun violence, the most dangerous place for a woman in the developed world is America.

The report includes the first summary of domestic violence laws in all 50 states, which uncovers the four gaps in the law that are particularly harmful to American women:

  • Federal law does not keep guns out of the hands of abusive dating partners or convicted stalkers.
  • Many state gun laws fail to protect domestic violence victims.
  • Federal law and the law in most states, allows domestic abusers and stalkers to easily evade gun prohibitions by purchasing guns from unlicensed, private sellers.
  • Forty-one states do not require all prohibited domestic abusers to relinquish guns they already own.

Click here to read the full report.