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NRA's strength is tested by a new domestic violence act provision


Seth Perlman – AP

NRA hat on display at a rally event.

WASHINGTON – The National Rifle Association, the nation's largest gun lobby, has settled on its next target on Capitol Hill: blocking Congress from reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, a 1994 law that assists victims of domestic and sexual violence.

The House is set to vote on the legislation this week. The law expired in February. But the bill includes a new provision - aimed at curbing sexual violence by expanding law enforcement's ability to strip domestic abusers of their guns - that the NRA does not like. The measure closes the so-called boyfriend loophole by barring those convicted of abusing, assaulting or stalking a dating partner or those subject to a court restraining order from buying or ­owning firearms.


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