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Advocates Call For Tougher Restrictions On Guns For Domestic Abusers

Posted at 5:19 PM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 17:19:33-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18)– Domestic violence affects thousands of Kentucky families every year, and now, a group wants to stop domestic abusers from getting access to guns.

On January 10, 1991, Pat Quiggins’ sister, Pamela, was shot to death.

“She got in her car. She drove around the corner and he made her get out of the car and he shot her seven times in the back, rolled her over, shot her in the face, and shot himself in the head,” said Quiggins.

The shooter was Pamela’s ex-husband.

“As scary as my brother-in-law was, he kept getting one gun after another,” said Pat Quiggins.

Federal law is supposed to make sure that doesn’t happen. Domestic abusers facing protective orders are prohibited from having guns, but advocates tell LEX 18 that loopholes in Kentucky’s laws put guns in their hands.

That is why Pat and other gun violence survivors came to the Capitol Tuesday, hoping to convince lawmakers to support a bill that has not yet been introduced. The bill would close Kentucky’s loopholes to stop domestic abusers from getting their guns back and from getting new guns.

“We want to prevent as much of it as we can,” said Pat.