Gun control push debuts in Nevada

Nevada State Personnel WATCH

no nevada gun controlBy LAURA MYERS. LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

For years, the Silver State led the nation on the number of women killed by men with handguns — with mostly husbands, boyfriends or stalkers pulling the trigger — but dropped to No. 16 last year in a report by the Violence Policy Center.

Yet, federal and state laws still allow unmarried domestic abusers and stalkers to buy and possess guns, making it easier to kill, Sue Meuscheke, executive director of the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence, said Monday.

Meuscheke is among more than a dozen advocates heading to Washington this week to lobby lawmakers to close what they call a loophole in the law in an era when boyfriends and stalkers kill women as often as husbands and ex-spouses.

“In many cases of domestic violence, it’s a dating relationship,” Meuscheke said in an interview. “The other missing piece is adding folks that have…

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