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NRA Quietly Abandons Opposition to Laws Preventing Abuser From Owning Guns

By Penny Okamoto, Executive Director of Ceasefire Oregon

Gun violence and domestic violence are closely linked. Abused women are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser if the abuser owns a gun; domestic violence assaults involving a gun are 23 times more likely to result in death than those involving other weapons or bodily force.

The National Rifle Association is quietly dropping its opposition to bills that prevent domestic abusers from owning guns. Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota passed or are advancing bills banning the possession of guns by those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, those under protective/restraining orders, and people that courts deem to pose a physical threat to their families.

Why has the NRA changed its position? Evidence credits strong public support for taking guns away from domestic abusers. A 2013 poll found that 80% think judges should have the power to order people convicted of domestic violence or given a restraining order to surrender their guns to the court.…