The House passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), despite the opposition of the National Rifle Association (NRA). The Act expired in February.
However, House Republicans broadly object to at least four new policies added to the bill to reauthorize VAWA — which expired in February when Democrats objected to GOP efforts to include a short-term extension of the law in a spending deal. But the most controversial are new provisions to lower the criminal threshold to bar someone from buying a gun to include misdemeanor convictions of domestic abuse or stalking charges. Current law applies to felony convictions
It would also close the so-called “boyfriend loophole” to expand existing firearm prohibitions to include dating partners convicted of abuse or stalking charges.
Republicans also oppose a new provision to allow U.S. citizens to be tried in tribal courts for crimes of domestic or dating violence committed by non-native perpetrators on native landsHouse Passes Bill Protecting Domestic Abuse Victims; GOP Split Over Gun Restrictions, Susan Davis, NPR, 4/4/2019
The inclusion of the authority given to tribal courts to try U.S. citizens for crimes of domestic or dating violence committed by non-native perpetrators on native lands is a change that was asked for to help address the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW).
The Senate has not yet advanced its own VAWA reauthorization, which Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., are working on.