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Federal law permanently prohibits gun ownership for anyone convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor, but Texas allows ownership 5 years after the conviction, and the many loopholes in Federal law enable people to access guns easily.

Federal law permanently prohibits gun ownership for anyone convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor, but Texas allows ownership 5 years after the conviction, and the many loopholes in Federal law enable people to access guns easily. The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) hopes to make progress on gun control by focusing on efforts to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. In 2011, TCFV says, guns were used in 64% of the 102 murders of women by their cur rent or former partners. TCFV is hoping to add Texas to the list of states where background checks for domestic violence con victions can reduce the number of murders.
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Title Annotation:Sore Spot
Publication:Women's Health Activist
Geographic Code:1U7TX
Date:Nov 1, 2013
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