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WASHINGTON D.C.— Today the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold their first-ever hearing on the often lethal combination of guns and domestic violence. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Center for American Progress have worked together to release detailed fact sheets for 27 states, providing critical information about how each state’s laws address gun access by perpetrators of domestic violence, may contain loopholes, and put women at risk of being fatal victims of domestic violence when a firearm is involved. Flaws and loopholes in state laws allow dangerous domestic abusers and stalkers to have easy access to guns and there are ways to address this problem.

“The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is committed to educating the American public and legislators nationwide on the facts regarding the lethal combination of guns and domestic abuse,” said Robyn Thomas, the Law Center’s Executive Director. “As a nation, we must do everything we can to protect women from domestic abusers and stalkers by closing these dangerous loopholes in our federal and state laws. We hope these fact sheets will act as valuable tools in the fight for commonsense solutions that will truly save lives.”

“More often than not, fatal domestic abuse involves a gun,” said Arkadi Gerney, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress. “These deeply intertwined challenges are made all the more dangerous by lax federal and state laws that allow dangerous abusers and stalkers to have easy access to guns. Today’s hearing is a milestone in the fight to improve protections to ensure that all women are kept safe from domestic abusers and stalkers who should never be able to get their hands on a firearm.”

The 27 fact sheets provide critical information on gun violence and domestic violence in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

To speak to one of our experts about the fact sheets and domestic violence laws by state, please contact: Ellen French (415) 433-2062 x308 or [email protected]

For more, read our Domestic Violence and Firearm Policy Summary:

About the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is the only national law center focused on providing comprehensive legal expertise in support of gun violence prevention. Founded by lawyers after an assault weapon massacre at a San Francisco law firm in 1993, we remain dedicated to preventing the loss of lives caused by gun violence by providing trusted, in-depth research and information on the Second Amendment and America’s gun laws.