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Monday, July 28, 2014

Are New Gun Laws Coming?

A recent Huffington Post article highlights that more than half of Republicans would support a new law that takes guns away from people convicted of stalking. The NRA stands in opposition. The Senate will meet on Wednesday in its first ever hearing that discusses gun violence against women.

The new legislation was authored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and would ban ownership of guns by people that are convicted of stalking. A letter was sent from gun lobbyists stating that the bill "manipulates emotionally compelling issues such as 'domestic violence' and 'stalking' simply to cast as wide a net as possible for federal firearm prohibitions."

Although the legal definition of 'stalking' varies from state to state, a protective order (PO) can be issued that is valid nationwide. In some jurisdictions, judges can make the determination of whether or not the person that the PO is levied against can own or purchase a firearm while the PO is active.

What is your opinion? Would you vote to enact this legislation if it appeared on your ballot? If you were a member of Congress, would you support this measure? Do you think the government is simply trying to find ways to ban guns?  Join the conversation below.

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