But research shows that common-sense gun laws have a marked effect on improving women’s safety from gun violence. In states that require background checks for all handgun sales, 47 percent fewer women are killed with a gun by intimate partners. And state laws ensuring that convicted abusers or those subject to domestic violence restraining orders are separated from their firearms are also associated with reductions in gun violence against women.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence
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Amicus Brief: Voisine v. United States

Everytown for Gun Safety filed this amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that seeks to undermine application of the federal law that prohibits people convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors from possessing guns. Everytown’s brief demonstrated that the case had the potential to allow convicted abusers to legally possess guns in more than two-thirds of the states. The brief urged the Court to ensure that the domestic violence misdemeanor prohibition applied equally in all 50 states, as Congress intended.

A Census of Intimate Partner Gun Homicides in Nevada

Everytown for Gun Safety and the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence

In many states, gaps in the law and failures of enforcement give domestic abusers easy access to guns. Nevada’s laws contain such loopholes, and they represent a lethal threat to victims of domestic and family violence in the state.

Guns and Domestic Violence

When it comes to gun violence against women, the United States is the most dangerous country in the developed world. Domestic violence affects millions of women across the country, and guns in the hands of domestic abusers can turn abuse into murder.