NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey was in Norristown, Wednesday morning, meeting with representatives from a domestic violence agency, discussing his support for legislation designed to make it harder for domestic abusers or stalkers to buy guns.
Senator Casey says the bill would address domestic abuse and gun violence.READ MORE: Philadelphia Activists Accuse 'Overzealous' Police Of Violently Disrupting Protest Outside Mayor Jim Kenney's Home In July
“And the intersection between the two is particularly worrisome for so many people across the country.”READ MORE: Upper Merion School District: Teachers, Staff Must Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Or Routinely Get Tested
Casey points to two studies, one finds 4.5 million women have been threatened with a gun by what’s called an intimate partner. Another finds a domestic abuse victim is five times more likely to be murdered if a handgun is available.
Casey says among other things, the legislation he’s backing would prevent anyone convicted of misdemeanor stalking from being allowed to buy a gun.MORE NEWS: COVID In PA: No New Restrictions In Philadelphia As COVID-19 Cases Rising, But 'Nothing Is Off The Table'
But he adds this is an uphill battle in Congress, as it difficult to even get a vote on what he calls common-sense gun legislation, such as banning anyone on the no-fly list from purchasing such weapons.