I am a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in Maine. Along with many other groups, we advocate for common-sense gun laws locally and nationally.

We are asking Sen. Susan Collins to co-sponsor S.1539, the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2017. This bill would expand the federal laws that prevent spousal domestic abusers from purchasing guns to unmarried partners convicted of domestic abuse. This is commonly known as the “boyfriend loophole.” In Maine, domestic violence is a major cause of shootings and deaths.

Gun violence is a complicated issue with many causes. This is such an easy loophole to close, and Sen. Collins’ endorsement would send a powerful message to the rest of the Senate. Please call, email or fax her urging her to sign on.

Ruth Mlotek