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Governor’s Veto Denies Victims of Domestic Abuse and Stalking Added Protections

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Governor’s Veto Denies Victims of Domestic Abuse and Stalking Added Protections

Fairfax, Va. – Today, the National Rifle Association expressed its disappointment in Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's decision to veto Senate Bill 789. Unfortunately, the misinformation campaign designed to further billionaire Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun agenda will leave victims of domestic abuse and stalking without increased protections provided in the legislation.

“Once again, national gun ban groups, led by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, are exploiting the issue of domestic violence to push their extreme agenda,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “The statements being made by anti-gun groups about this bill are factually incorrect. The legislation does not expose victims of domestic abuse to any additional risks of violence.  The fact is that this bill would have provided victims of domestic violence increased protections against would-be abusers, while protecting our constitutional rights of self-defense and due process.”

The anti-gun groups waged a campaign of misinformation against S. 789, based on the false allegation that the bill requires concealed pistol licenses be issued to persons subject to personal protection orders (PPO) for domestic violence or stalking.  The bill does no such thing.

Under S. 789, a PPO applicant would have to check a box on the existing form requesting that the subject of the PPO be prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm. Under current law, all PPOs issued prohibit the subject of the PPO from purchasing or possessing a firearm -- regardless of the reason for the Order. This includes PPOs issued for reasons that have nothing to do with domestic violence or stalking.   There is no added burden to a person seeking a PPO beyond checking a box on an existing form. Domestic abusers and stalkers are NOT allowed to purchase or possess firearms under current law.  S. 789 would not change that.

In addition, S. 789 would have provided enhanced protections for victims of domestic violence -- a point purposefully ignored by opponents of the bill -- by allowing an individual who petitions the court system for a PPO to automatically qualify for a temporary emergency concealed pistol license. The NRA advocated for this provision because victims of these heinous acts should be able to avail themselves of all legal methods to ensure their personal safety and the safety of threatened family members.

“Bloomberg and the other national anti-gun groups know that the only way they can further their agenda is to lie and try to scare people,” concluded Cox. 


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Monday, March 20, 2017

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Ohio: Critical Self-Defense Law Takes Effect Today!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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Maryland: House Passes Pro-Carry Legislation

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Maryland: House Passes Pro-Carry Legislation

Yesterday, the Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 1036 by a 97-41 vote.

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

The Illinois House of Representatives could consider House Bill 2354 at any time.

Idaho: Senate Passes Concealed Carry Amendment

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Idaho: Senate Passes Concealed Carry Amendment

Yesterday, March 20, the Idaho Senate passed House Bill 93 by a 35-0 vote.  Introduced by state Representative Don Cheatham (R-3B) and sponsored on the floor by state Senator Marv Hagedorn (R-14), HB 93 would amend current law ...

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

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Nevada: Senate Passes Anti-Gun SB 115

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Nevada: Senate Passes Anti-Gun SB 115

Yesterday, March 21, the Senate passed anti-gun Senate Bill 115 with a 12-9 vote.  SB 115 was sent to the Assembly for further consideration.  Sponsored by state Senator Moises Denis (D-2), SB 115 would expand the list ...

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Texas: Two Important Handgun Carry Bills to be Considered in Senate and House Next Week

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Texas: Two Important Handgun Carry Bills to be Considered in Senate and House Next Week

On Monday, March 27, the Texas Senate will convene after 2:00pm and is expected to take up and consider Senate Bill 16, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Joan Huffman (R-Houston).

Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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