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Heinrich, Flake, Shaheen Press DOD For Unpublished Domestic Violence Reporting Data

on November 16, 2017 - 7:29am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today sent a letter to the Defense Department (DOD) raising serious questions about how and where the agency is reporting domestic violence related convictions adjudicated in military court, and the recent FBI’s assertion that it cannot determine how many, if any, of these convictions have been reported to one of three databases used to prevent the sale of firearms to statutorily-barred individuals.
As the letter notes, currently available data shows only one misdemeanor crime of domestic violence has been reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) since 2007.
The letter follows last week’s introduction of the Flake-Heinrich-Shaheen Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act; a bill that will permanently clarify the ambiguities in 1996 Lautenberg amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968 as it applies to the military, and require the military to report domestic violence misdemeanors directly to the NICS database. 
A copy of the Flake-Heinrich-Shaheen letter to DOD can be viewed here.