Bill would take guns from stalkers, abusive dating partners
By Chris Eger
Rep. Dan Donovan is backing a bill to remove guns from those with stalking convictions or domestic abuse as dating partners (Photo: Andrew Schwartz/New York Daily News)
A bipartisan measure was filed in the House on Wednesday with the aim of closing what gun control groups often refer to as the “boyfriend loophole” and “stalker gap.”
The Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act would add abusive former dating partners and stalkers to the list of federal prohibited firearms possessors, barring them from legally buying or owning guns. Introduced by U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, and Dan Donovan, R-New York, sponsors argue the move could save lives.
“When I was District Attorney, the crimes that kept me up at night were the ones that could have been prevented. There are clear warning signs – including a stalking conviction – before somebody commits serious acts of violence against a current or estranged partner,” Donovan said in a statement. “It’s common sense to keep tools of violence out of their hands.”
Entered as H.R. 3207, the bill expands the definition of misdemeanor crime of domestic violence under federal law to include those in conflict who are dating or living together. Current federal law only applies the term