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Roberson Hijacks Senator Debbie Smith’s Anti-Domestic Violence Bill

Las Vegas, NV – Today, in the New York Times, in response to a bill allowing guns on college campuses, GOP Assemblywoman Michele Fiore said, “If these young, hot little girls on campus have a firearm, I wonder how many men will want to assault them. The sexual assaults that are occurring would go down once these sexual predators get a bullet in their head.”

Hours later, GOP Senate boss and former Tom DeLay operative Michael Roberson took his cues from Fiore and hijacked Senator Debbie Smith’s legislation to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.  Roberson’s bill, which includes extreme gun proposals pushed by Michele Fiore and her fellow TEA Partiers in the Assembly, eliminates critical provisions in Senator Smith’s bill.  While Senator Smith’s bill prevents anyone convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence or a crime involving stalking from owning or having in his or her possession or under his or her control any firearm, Roberson’s bill eliminates protections for victims of stalking.

Under Senator Smith’s bill, anyone subject to an extended order of protection is prohibited from purchasing or acquiring a firearm and also requires them to surrender any guns already in their possession.  Roberson’s bill, on the other hand, leaves women vulnerable if their abuser already possesses guns by failing to require anyone under an extended order of protection to surrender the guns they already possess.  In short: Michael Roberson’s bill weakens protections and creates loopholes for domestic abusers and stalkers to keep possession of guns.

“Victims of domestic violence and stalking shouldn’t have to be at risk because of Michael Roberson’s career ambitions and apparent need to demonstrate his TEA Party credentials,” said Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Zach Hudson.  “Michael Roberson hijacked Senator Debbie Smith’s bill and weakened critical provisions to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and stalkers while simultaneously including some of the worst anti-safety proposals pushed by Michele Fiore and the extreme members of the Nevada Assembly.  Michael Roberson sent a clear message to victims of domestic abuse and stalking today: his career ambitions come before their safety.”