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Mosquera, Greenwald, Lagana, Benson, Lampitt & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims from Gun Violence Clears Assembly Panel
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gabriela Mosquera, Lou Greenwald, Joseph Lagana, Dan Benson, Pamela Lampitt and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to strengthen New Jersey's gun laws and protect victims of domestic violence from gun violence was released Monday by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
"For victims and their children, domestic violence turns a chance to live the American Dream into a horrific nightmare. I know, because I've lived that nightmare," said Mosquera (D-Gloucester/Camden). "Too many victims are killed at the hands of abusers who have easy access to firearms, before they ever have a chance to get out. This legislation will change that - strengthening our gun violence laws in order to protect victims of domestic violence."
Among other provisions, the bill (A-4218) would
"We clearly need to do more to combat the scourge of domestic violence," Lagana said. "Domestic violence and guns are a frightening mix. We cannot stand idle while simple steps such as these can help protect women and children trapped in abusive situations. Keeping guns away from abusers will, quite simply, save lives."
"Violent individuals are already dangerous. Put a gun in their hands and the threat to their victims is that much greater," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "More than half of all murders of women in this country are committed with a gun. A person who has no misgivings about berating and physically assaulting another person cannot and should not be trusted to be responsible with a gun."
"Many women stay in abusive relationships out of fear that something worse may happen to them or their children if they try to escape. Given that abused women are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser if the abuser has access to a firearm, that fear is very real," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "These restrictions can help prevent a bad situation from becoming fatal."
"Guns and violent behavior are a lethal combination," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "Fatal violence against women is most often domestic violence. And the most common weapon used by men to kill women is a gun. This bill ensures that individuals who have shown a propensity for violence against women are prohibited from carrying guns and inflicting further damage to their victims."
The measure now awaits consideration by the full Assembly.
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