Other View: Military must help to deny guns to domestic abusers

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Guns bought before a misdemeanor family violence charge aren't in violation of state law. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.). "And when records prohibiting domestic abuse from gun possession are left not to be entered, the system fails". She cited a 2014 survey on firearms and domestic violence that found 67 percent of hotline participants shared that they believed their abusive partner was capable of killing them, and 22 percent said their abusive partner had threatened to use a gun."No one should have to live in fear", she said. He had been court-martialed by the US Air Force for attacking his wife and toddler stepson-fracturing the boy's skull-and served 12 months in jail before being dishonorably discharged. A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety said a "domestic situation" was also at the root of the church massacre. Because of what appears as a mistake by the Air Force, his conviction wasn't reported to the federal authorities and was not flagged in background checks.

The problem goes beyond a single instance of incompetence.

While gun shops do require background checks, private sales and gun show sales in the state of Texas don't.

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The bill from Flake, an Arizona Republican, and Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat, is a step in the right direction.

"Writing a bill w/ @MartinHeinrich to prevent anyone convicted of domestic violence - be it in criminal or military court - from buying a gun", Sen. "This bill would just ensure that the information gets into the system".

"I have to say after doing domestic violence work for over 20 years, when the news broke I turned to my husband and I said - I said, 'there will be a history of domestic violence that we hear about in the coming days, ' and I was, unfortunately, not wrong", Ray-Jones said at the news conference. Those voters, she said, were "propelled by" women-led groups that work to end gun violence, like Moms Demand Action and Americans for Responsible Solutions, led by former Congresswoman and mass shooting survivor Gabby Giffords.