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Women Lawmakers Revive Gun-Control Effort—By Making It About Domestic Violence

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Michigan Representative Debbie Dingell are pushing legislation to get guns out of the hands of abusive domestic partners.
U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan, speaks during an interview in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.

U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan, speaks during an interview in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.

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Gun control's weary warriors have been searching for a way to appeal to Republicans and give the issue a pulse in Congress. A couple of Midwestern women Democrats may have found a way to do it, by tying it to domestic violence.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Michigan Representative Debbie Dingell are pressing legislation to take guns out of the hands of men who abuse women. On Wednesday, Dingell introduced a bill along with a Republican, Robert Dold of Illinois, mirroring legislation Klobuchar reintroduced earlier this year in targeting those convicted of stalking and abusive dating partners.