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Proposal to keep guns out of hands of domestic abusers

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Guns and domestic violence, a particularly deadly combination. More intimate partner homicides were committed using guns in the past 25 years than all other weapons combined. In Monroe county, domestic violence incidents are 50 percent higher than the rest of the state. 

“The beginning of the year we had a murder/suicide there were indications of violence in the relationship and one day she didn’t show up to work, so not only was she murdered he took his own life,” said Alli O’Malley, CEO of Resolve domestic violence treatment center.

Advocates for victims of domestic violence see Governor Cuomo’s proposal as the next logical step in curtailing these types of deaths. 

“It’s about time. This is a wonderful addition to protect families suffering from domestic violence. We are not anti or pro-gun we know there’s an increased risk when guns are in the home and there’s domestic violence,” said Jaime Saunders, CEO of Willow domestic violence center.

Police officers, who are more likely to be killed responding to domestic incidents than any other kind, see this a potential deterrent. 

“It’s being proactive, and I don’t see why any law enforcement would have any objection to this,” said Chief James Vanbrederode, of Gates Police. 

Not everyone feels the same way though, some gun store owners believe this could lead to government overreach, or at best, not do much more than federal law already does to keep guns away from domestic abusers. 

“If you’ve been convicted of domestic abuse, you should not be allowed to own a firearm because it’s against federal law. I think what they’re doing is just feel-good legislation by a Governor who is already pushing to take away our second amendment rights,” said Mike Centola, owner of All Star Tactical. 

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