A 2004 survey of female domestic violence shelter residents in California found that more than one third (36.7%) reported having been threatened or harmed with a firearm.
In nearly two thirds (64.5%) of cases in which a gun was present in a household shared by a domestic abuser and victim, the abuser had used the firearm against the victim, usually threatening to shoot or kill her.
Background checks really work too: 47% fewer women are shot by intimate partners in states that require background checks on all handgun sales.
Yet, despite these protections, one glaring loophole is enabling dangerous people in getting guns: it’s called the boyfriend loophole.
Due to the lack of a legal relationship with the person they dated, they have carte blanche to get their hands on guns. This is very bad news considering just as many women are killed by dating partners as by spouses.