Durbin co-sponsors domestic violence bill

By WEEK Producer

Durbin co-sponsors domestic violence bill

June 17, 2014 Updated Jun 17, 2014 at 6:10 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and others today introduced a bill aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence from firearms.

The Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act would prevent an abuser under a temporary restraining order from possessing or purchasing a gun until the order is lifted.

It was named after Lori Jackson, a Connecticut woman killed by her husband with a firearm after obtaining a temporary restraining order against him.

“Today’s legislation will close loopholes that allow abusive partners access to guns in the hours and days when tempers are at their highest following a domestic argument,” said Durbin.

The law currently only prevents those with a permanent restraining order from having or buying a gun.

“Abusers are often deadliest when victims are trying to leave their control,” said Kim Gandy, President and CEO of National Network to End Domestic Violence. “This bill will help close a dangerous loophole.”

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