BLUMENTHAL, KAINE, MOORE, EDWARDS, KELLY TO ANNOUNCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT DOMESTIC ABUSE SURVIVORS FROM GUN VIOLENCE

Family Of Connecticut Domestic Violence Victim, Lori Jackson, Will Be On Hand To Discuss the Need for Action

(Washington, DC) – Tomorrow, July 29 at 2 p.m. in SVC-212, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and U.S. Reps. Gwen Moore (D- Wis.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) will unveil the Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention Act of 2014, legislation that would encourage states to remove firearms from domestic abusers. They will also be joined by Merry Jackson, who is the mother of Lori Jackson, a 32-year-old mother from Oxford, CT, who was shot and killed this year by her estranged husband, who was under a temporary restraining order at the time.

Specifically, the bill would grant incentives to states that match or exceed current federal domestic violence gun prohibitions and enforce regulations by seizing firearms when adjudicating or responding to domestic violence situations. The grants would be distributed by the Director of the Office of Community Policing Services of the Department of Justice.

The Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention Act of 2014 is cosponsored by Sen. Murphy, Schatz, Gillibrand, Kaine, Levin, Durbin, and Warren. It is similar to Rep. Moore’s bill, introduced in the House, last summer, which has been widely endorsed by domestic violence advocates.

WHO

·        U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal

·        U.S. Senator Tim Kaine

·        U.S. Representative Gwen Moore

·        U.S. Representative Donna Edwards

·        U.S. Representative Robin Kelly

·        Merry Jackson, mother of Lori Jackson

·        Rob Valente, National Domestic Violence Hotline

·        Qudsia Raja, YWCA

WHEN

2 PM

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WHERE

U.S. Capitol Visitors Center

SVC-212