September 23, 2014 – Congressional candidate Martha McSally has announced she has changed her position on the ”Stalker Gap,” which allows stalkers with misdemeanor convictions to access guns while those convicted of felonies and domestic violence misdemeanors are prohibited.
Previously, McSally had opposed any new background checks laws. Today, she reversed course by saying she ”supports adding misdemeanor stalking to the list of criminal offenses that would keep dangerous individuals from obtaining guns in other states where stalking can also be a misdemeanor.”
Critical questions remain about McSally’s positions on gun violence prevention legislation:
– Groups such as the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence support policies that would require background checks at gun shows and online in order to prevent felons and domestic abusers from skirting the background check system and accessing guns. Does Martha McSally support or oppose legislation that would expand background checks to cover gun show and internet sales?
– Those groups also support updating the definition of ”domestic abuser” to include dating partners. This would close the loophole that allows those convicted of domestic abuse against a dating partner to access guns (people with misdemeanor convictions for domestic abuse against a spouse, live-in partner, or fellow parent of a child are already prohibited). Does Martha McSally support or oppose legislation that would prohibit individuals convicted of domestic abuse against a dating partner from accessing firearms?