Klobuchar has led legislation to close the boyfriend loophole since 2013, working closely with Rep. Debbie Dingell

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released the following statement after the announcement that a bipartisan group of Senators have agreed to a framework to address gun violence. This framework includes provisions from Klobuchar’s bipartisan legislation with Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) to close the “boyfriend loophole.”

“I am pleased the Senate is moving forward with a bipartisan framework on gun safety which will include my legislation to close the boyfriend loophole. For years Rep. Debbie Dingle and I have led the legislation to close the loophole to keep guns out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers. This is a positive step forward.”

Since 2013, Klobuchar has led the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act to close the “boyfriend loophole” and prevent abusive dating partners from buying or owning firearms. Dingell leads the bill in the House. The Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act is co-sponsored by 38 senators, and provisions from the bill were included in Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act, which passed the House in March 2021 with the support of 29 Republicans.  

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