The August 17 letter, “Don’t close the ‘boyfriend loophole,” makes dangerous and incorrect assumptions about domestic violence and ultimately argues that abusive dating partners should have access to firearms. But evidence shows that dating partners are actually more likely to abuse their partners than spouses.
As the letter notes, the Lautenberg Amendment prohibits persons convicted of specific domestic violence crimes from purchasing or possessing firearms. This law, however, does not cover dating partners. We know that firearms play a significant role in intimate partner homicides and we know that current and former dating partners are more likely to be offenders than spouses. It is critically important to close the so-called “boyfriend loophole” that allows abusive dating partners to purchase and possess firearms.