On July 29 Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced legislation encouraging states to “[seize] firearms when adjudicating or responding to domestic violence situations.”
Called the Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention Act of 2014, the bill works by “[granting] incentives to states that match or exceed current federal domestic violence gun prohibitions.”
According to the Roanoke Free Press, Kaine described the legislation as “commonsense.” He said “domestic violence fatalities are far too common in Virginia” and the Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention Act of 2014 will “provide critical protection to abuse victims.”
Blumenthal said the legislation is important because it “provides the resources necessary to protect survivors of domestic abuse and remove guns from dangerous situations where lives are literally on the line.”
Other co-sponsors of the legislation include Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Carl Levin (D-MI), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
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