On Wednesday, former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords met with Republican Gov. Chris Christie to advocate for tougher gun laws in New Jersey. A bill pending in the state legislature would require individuals under a domestic violence restraining order, or when they are convicted of a domestic violence offense, to surrender their firearms. It would also require an individual’s firearm purchaser identification cards and handgun permits to be suspended during domestic violence restraining orders.
“Dangerous people with guns are a threat to women,” Giffords said.
“Advocates of tougher laws said women in the U.S. are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than women in peer countries, more than half of all murders of women are committed with a gun, and abused women are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser if the abuser has access to a firearm,” writes Bob Jordan.