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Scott Taylor: Bipartisan Bill Will Help Close Loophole on Gun Buys

Scott Taylor: Bipartisan Bill Will Help Close Loophole on Gun Buys
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By    |   Monday, 20 November 2017 02:28 PM

Rep. Scott Taylor said Monday that bipartisan legislation he and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, have introduced will help secure the nation's gun laws by requiring the military to report people who have been convicted of domestic violence abuse to a national database to keep them from purchasing guns.

The bill is in response to the massacre killing 26 people, including children, at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas earlier this month, the Virginia Republican told CNN's "New Day" program, and will "prevent things without taking people's Second Amendment rights away."

The killer, Devin Kelley, had been charged in 2012 with assault and battery against his former wife, and with aggravated assault against her infant son, noted show co-anchor Alisyn Camerota. He received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force, but that was not reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, allowing him to purchase weapons legally that were used in the church shooting.

"A lot of folks, with these shootings, they want something done, of course," said Taylor. "When you hear reasonable, when you hear common sense, this is a measure that would do that. It would actually prevent things without taking people's Second Amendment rights away."

Studies show that people who have committed domestic abuse are more likely to use gun violence against others, said Taylor.

The uniform code of military justice doesn't necessarily match up with the civilian code completely, said Taylor, so the bill he and Gabbard are sponsoring requires the military to report a person convicted of domestic violence to be reported to the national database within three days after their conviction occurs.

"This doesn't take care of all gun violence, obviously," said Taylor. "You're not going to have 100 percent security. But it would make sure that the folks that are domestic abusers are reported to that system, therefore potentially preventing them from getting a gun."

The reality is, though, that no bill will ever go far enough to prevent all mass shootings, he added.

"I think that is a false notion," he said. "This bill is common sense, a reasonable measure that closes a loophole necessary for reporting to make sure that people who shouldn't be getting firearms do not get them."

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Rep. Scott Taylor said Monday that bipartisan legislation he and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, have introduced will help secure the nation's gun laws by requiring the military to report people who have been convicted of domestic violence abuse to a national database to keep...
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