Advocates say closing of ‘Boyfriend Loophole’ right step to stopping gun violence
One of the key aspects in the gun reform bill President Joe Biden signed over the weekend is closing the so-called “Boyfriend Loophole.”
In New York, depending on the crime and case, convicted domestic abusers were already prohibited from owning a gun.
However, it only applied if the convicted person was married to, lived with or had a child with the victim.
The law now will include serious relationships of any romantic or intimate nature.
The bill comes with a certain exception – which some feel doesn’t completely keep victims safe.
"After so many years of fighting, it's a good start, but more needs to be done to keep survivors safe," says Carlla Horton, executive director at Hope's Door.
One provision to the bill is that someone convicted of domestic violence can get their gun rights back if their record is clean for five years.