Sending Office: Honorable Anthony G. Brown
Current Cosponsors (64): Hoyer, Barragan, Beyer, Blumenauer, Blunt Rochester, Bonamici, Boyle, Brownley, Carbajal, Castor, Cicilline, Clark, Clarke, Cummings, Delaney, Eshoo, Esty, Evans, Grijalva, Gutierrez, Hastings, Himes, Keating, Jackson Lee,
Jayapal, Kelly, Khanna, Krishnamoorthi, Larsen, Lee, Levin, Lewis, Lieu, Maloney, McCollum, McNerney, Meeks, Meng, Moore, Moulton, Napolitano, Norton, Pallone, Panetta, Payne Jr., Peters, Pocan, D. Price, Quigley, Raskin, Roybal-Allard, Schakowsky, Schiff,
Serrano, Shea-Porter, Slaughter, Speier, Suozzi, Swalwell, Takano, Wasserman Schultz, Watson Coleman, F. Wilson.
Supporting Organizations: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Network to End Domestic Violence, National Center for Victims of Crime, Center for American Progress, Futures Without Violence, National
Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, YWCA USA.
No family is immune from domestic violence. In 2008, my own family lived through the loss of my cousin Cathy at the hands of her estranged boyfriend. It is our responsibility to ensure that we are doing everything in our power to safeguard our mothers, daughters,
and families from the horrors of domestic violence. When we discover gaps in the system that affect our most vulnerable citizens, it is our moral responsibility
to take the necessary steps to close those gaps.
In Maryland, we passed “Cathy’s Law,” which requires state judges to remove guns from abusers when a permanent protective order is issued, and gives them the flexibility to do so when issuing a temporary protective order. Removing firearms when a restraining
order is first issued saves lives, but only a dozen states have similar requirements. Federal law should be changed to ensure victims are provided safety through the entire process of escaping an abusive relationship.
It is my privilege to continue the work of former Rep. Lois Capps to protect victims of domestic violence. I encourage you to join me in cosponsoring H.R. 2670, the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act to close the following loopholes in
Temporary Restraining Order Loophole:
When a victim of domestic violence seeks protection against an abuser, the first step is known as a temporary restraining order. Currently, federal law prohibits someone from possessing a gun if they are under a permanent protective order, but experts believe
the period immediately after a temporary order is sought can be especially dangerous as many abusers tend to lash out. This bill would put temporary
restraining orders on par with permanent restraining orders, eliminating any delay in protection.
49% of all murders committed by an intimate partner were committed by a dating partner. However, federal law, only considers abuse as domestic violence
if the victim is currently or formerly married to or living with his or her abuser, or if they have a child together. This bill would expand the definition of “intimate partner” to include current and former dating partners, closing this loophole.
Unfortunately, stalking is often the first step in an escalating pattern of criminal behavior that culminates in violence. 76% of women who were murdered by a partner were first stalked. Currently,
there is no federal ban on gun ownership for convicted stalkers or those who are subject to restraining orders. This bill would close this loophole by treating stalking similarly to other domestic violence crimes.
Please join me in this important effort by cosponsoring H.R. 2670, the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act. If you have any questions or would like to sign on as a cosponsor, please contact James DeAtley at James.DeAtley@mail.house.gov or
ANTHONY G. BROWN
Member of Congress
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