A stream of frightening text messages had begun the night Shayley had filed the protective order.
Federal law does nothing to keep guns out of the hands of a large category of abusive dating partners and convicted stalkers.
And even when they are prohibited from possessing guns, abusers and stalkers can evade the law by purchasing guns from unlicensed private sellers without undergoing a background check.
That’s why and Everytown are partnering for a campaign called Singled Out, to raise awareness among unmarried women of the risk for gun violence and the gaps in the law. "It’s crucial that single women understand the risk factors and tackle talking directly about the role guns may play in their daily lives," says Watts.
"Being armed with the facts isn’t anti-gun, it’s pro-information.
Online sites have become the easiest way for criminals to evade the background check required at all federally licensed gun shops.
Under the 1994 Brady Bill, anyone who wants to buy a gun at a retail store has to fill out a form, which is run through an FBI database.
’"Soon detectives would call to confirm what she feared.
Igor Zubko, Shayley’s 26-year-old ex-boyfriend — whom she had filed a protective order against 10 days earlier — had used his key to enter the house they once shared.
If the buyer has a clean record, he or she can proceed with the purchase. The database will also flag anyone convicted of a domestic-violence misdemeanor crime (such as assault) or who has an active protective order against them.
If he shows up in the system as a prohibitor — meaning he has a felony conviction or court-adjudicated mental illness, uses drugs, or is in the U. In a private sale — at a gun show, online, or between friends — none of these checks are required.
The third message was from a woman who said, "I’m very sorry for your loss.