NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As a divided U.S. Supreme Court is set to consider a gun ban for domestic violence convictions, two U.S. senators are seeking to close a loophole in current law.
As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported, U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said people are endangered by the current law that only bans gun ownership for people bound by permanent restraining orders.
Doreen Lesane, who spoke at a news conference with the senators, was threatened by her ex-husband with a gun. She still bears the psychological scars.
“I’m really shivering on the inside because just thinking about it, the terror becomes real again,” she said.
Gillibrand said currently, only a permanent restraining order would prevent someone from legally possessing a gun. She said the proposed bill also would make it illegal when a temporary order is issued.
“No violent domestic abuser should be allowed to own a gun,” Gillibrand said. “Enough women have fallen victim to this horrible crime.”