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Journos: Make It Illegal For Domestic Abusers To Buy Guns

Amber Athey White House Correspondent
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Journalists and leftist activists are calling for a ban on gun purchases by convicted domestic abusers after the Texas church shooting, seemingly unaware that such a law already exists.

Last year, the Supreme Court upheld a federal law that prevents people with misdemeanor domestic violence convictions from possessing or purchasing firearms. The law was enacted in 1996 and was intended to extend provisions in a 1968 act that banned anyone convicted of a felony or who had a domestic violence protective order from possessing a firearm.

In fact, Devin P. Kelley, the gunman who killed at least 26 people in a Texas church on Sunday, was denied a gun license from the state. It is unclear how he was able to get around a background check in 2016 to buy a semi-automatic rifle in San Antonio, as his history of domestic violence should have precluded him from buying the gun. Lying on a background check form is a felony, and Kelley’s domestic violence conviction should have been caught by the federal background check system.

There may have been some kind of breakdown in the system, but buying a gun with a domestic violence conviction is already against the law.

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