157 Republicans, and 1 Democrat, Side With NRA as House Passes Updated Violence Against Women Act

157 Republicans, and 1 Democrat, Side With NRA as House Passes Updated Violence Against Women Act

Common Dreams The vast majority of House Republicans caved to pressure from the gun lobby on Thursday and refused to back Democrats’ successful effort to extend the Violence Against Women Act for five years because of a new provision that would make it harder for abusers to acquire guns. The 1994 law provides protections and funds programs for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. It’s been reauthorized three times but expired in February. The new version passed the House 263-158 with support from all but one Democrat and only 33 Republicans. Read the full roll call results here . It now faces an uphill battle in the GOP-controlled Senate. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is urging GOP lawmakers to oppose the updated version because of a gun-related provision to close the so-called “ boyfriend loophole .” As ThinkProgress explained earlier this week: Currently, people convicted of domestic abuse are only prohibited from possessing guns if they live with the victim, have a child with them, are a parent or guardian, or they are, or were once, married to them. This leaves out many cases of intimate partner violence, and the VAWA reauthorization would expand this to include dating partners, […]

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