April 5, 2019
The U.S. House has reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act every five years ever since its passage in 1994, and is attempting to do so again.
However, the current bill that just passed the House and is on its way to the Senate, has some sneaky gun control provisions added into it.
Here’s what the provisions do:
- Allows for ex parte orders (no due process) from an intimate partner, much like the red flag bills we've seen for those who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of stalking.
- Redefines the term “intimate partner” to include someone a person may have dated, as well as spouses and family.
- It would become the second misdemeanor level offense for which the federal government will bar someone from owning a firearm. In many cases, this will disarm women who seek to own a firearm for their own defense.
- Requires the federal government to notify local law enforcement when someone tries to purchase a firearm who’s allegedly prohibited under the NICS-Brady Registration scheme. This could include veterans or other law-abiding Americans who may have been wrongly added to the “prohibited” list without due process.
This could be just the beginning of gun confiscation.
HR 1585 is on its way to the Senate Judiciary Committee and could very well get a hearing within the next month.
However, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) is working on a Senate version of the violence Against Women Act that will not include the anti-gun provisions.
Stay tuned for updates.