Women's advocates ask Senate committee for stricter gun laws

Sheriff Christopher Schmaling (Racine County, Wis.) testified before a Senate committee Wednesday, July 30, regarding violence against women. (CNN photo)
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Forty-six women are shot and killed by a former partner each month in the United States.

Wednesday, supporters of gun-control reforms testified before a U.S. Senate committee.

"When an abuser has a gun, victims will tell me, 'Sheriff, it's not IF he will use that weapon against me, it's a matter of WHEN'," said Sheriff Christopher Schmaling of Racine County, Wis. "I'm asking you today to stand up against abuse by fixing our out-of-date laws by passing some clear, common sense legislation."

A bill on the floor would restrict guns from people with restraining orders against them. Gun rights advocates say taking guns without due process is a violation of the Constitution.

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