Bipartisan Senate Gun Control Deal Enforces Domestic Violence Statutes

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    The list of prohibited buyers on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) will include boyfriends and girlfriends with certain names and criminal histories, in the event that this Senate gun control plan is enacted into law.

    The bill states, “The term ‘dating relationship' means a relationship between individuals who have or have recently had a continuing serious relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.”

    The law specifies the “length of the relationship,” “the nature of the relationship,” and the “frequency and type of interaction between individuals involved in the relationship,” all of which play the role of determining if the relationship is an actual “dating relationship.”

    The law doesn't specify who will determine which types of relationships are deemed to be”dating relationships. Because of these ambiguities, the NRA stated, “This legislation leaves too many discretionary powers to government officials, and it also includes unclear and ambiguous provisions, which could cause violations of our constitutional rights.”

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