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Vote Alert: Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act with gun control and transgender add-ons

This vote was to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

The original Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 made domestic violence a federal crime, in addition to a state or local crime. In 2013, conservatives opposed reauthorizing VAWA because the law allows for causing “emotional distress” to be classified as domestic violence. While conservatives abhor domestic violence and advocate for the rule of law, the lack of authority for this legislation in the Constitution gave conservatives pause. But this time there’s more.

House Democrats have added new gun control provisions to VAWA, expanding the category of individuals who could have their Second Amendment rights infringed to include things that aren’t felonies and aren’t considered domestic violence.

Democrats also added protections for men who identify as women, requiring shelters and prisons to house transgender inmates according to how they identify themselves, not by their biological sex. Conservatives oppose this transgender ideology, which denies biological reality and endangers actual women.

Additionally, there are provisions that would allow U.S. citizens to be tried in tribal courts for crimes of domestic or dating violence committed on native lands, removing the constitutional right of these Americans to face a jury of their peers when accused of a crime.

Ultimately, conservatives believe that state and local governments are better equipped to stop domestic violence than the federal government. The Democrat add-ons make a bad law worse.

The House of Representatives voted to reauthorize VAWA on April 4, 2019, at 12:33 p.m. ET in a roll call vote of 263 – 158.

To see how your elected officials stack up or other votes that comprise the Liberty Score, view our full scorecard here.

Conservative position: NO

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