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Missouri bill would deny firearms to those convicted of domestic violence

Unlit room at night. Only light source is outside light on the lowered blinds. Silhouette on the right is a hand holding a gun pointed at the silhouette on the left of hands raised with palms outward.
Maxim Hopman

Clay County lawmaker is sponsor of legislation to close a legal loophole in Missouri statutes.

In 2018, Missouri ranked second in the nation, behind Alaska, in the number of women killed by men. Among Missouri women murdered by their intimate partners, 80% were killed with guns.

For several years now, lawmakers have attempted to close a loophole to make it illegal for convicted domestic abusers to own or access firearms.

"In these situations where there is domestic violence and a firearm, women in particular are five times more likely to be killed. It does seem like a no-brainer for us and I don't really understand the arguments against it," said Annie Struby, Blueprint for Safety Coordinator at the Rose Brooks Center of Kansas City.

Senator Lauren Arthur (D-Clay Co.) is sponsoring the bill to reduce the possibility of death by an abuser.

"My bill would do three things. It would make it a crime under the Missouri law for anyone who's been convicted of domestic violence to possess or own a firearm, it allows courts to prohibit a person under a restraining order from having or buying a gun while the order is in effect and it requires the court to inform the Missouri state highway patrol and the FBI when a person is convicted of domestic assault."

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