Senator Mazie Hirono
introduced new legislation Wednesday that could close a loophole that
allows military personnel convicted of domestic abuse to get their hands on
Under current federal law, civilians convicted of a
misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are not allowed to purchase a firearm.
The Military Domestic Violence Reporting Enhancement Act classifies domestic
abuse as assault, which causes a blur when it comes to meeting requirements to
Hirono's legislation would create a charge of domestic
violence under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, thus preventing those convicted from buying a gun.
It would also mandate convictions be reported within seven
"This bill would close this dangerous loophole and
could help prevent mass shootings like last week's tragedy in Texas from
happening again," Sen. Hirono said.
A handful of other lawmakers worked with Hirono to cosponsor
"Time and again from Virginia Tech, to Charleston, and
now to a small church in Texas, we have seen holes in the background record
check system allow guns to get in the hands of people who shouldn't have access
to them," Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said. "Our background record check
system is only as good as the data we put into it, and the Military Domestic
Violence Reporting Enhancement Act would help close one of those loopholes and
protect Americans from gun violence."