Can Someone Tell Jeff Flake That People Convicted Of Domestic Violence Already Can't Buy Guns

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 @crousselle
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Posted: Nov 07, 2017 4:15 PM
Can Someone Tell Jeff Flake That People Convicted Of Domestic Violence Already Can't Buy Guns

Outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) made a peculiar announcement on Tuesday: He's working with Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) to write a new law that would prohibit anyone who is convicted of domestic violence from buying a gun. 

While this is a fantastic idea--it's...already a law. And has been, for quite a long time. 

Donald Trump Jr. mocked Flake for being "proactive" by "creating" a law that has existed for decades. 

Flake seems to know this, but referred to a nonexistent "#DomesticViolenceLoophole" that was supposedly exploited by Sutherland Springs shooter Devin Patrick Kelley. 

The only "loophole" that occurred in the Sutherland Springs shooting was the fact that the Air Force neglected to submit Kelley's conviction to the national database. (This is, somehow, part of a wider trend.) This isn't a loophole, it's failing to enforce existing law. This should change, and nobody is arguing otherwise.

Loopholes should be closed, when they exist. They don't here.