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As a bipartisan group of senators translates a nine-point gun deal into legislative text, debates have arisen over closing the so-called boyfriend loophole.
Existing federal law prevents individuals from purchasing firearms if they are convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence and have been married to, lived with or have a child with the victim.
But that existing legislation does not ban firearm purchases for abusers in other romantic or intimate relationships, a gap commonly known as the boyfriend loophole.

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