National Rifle Association (NRA)

House expands domestic violence law with new gun ownership provision

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The NRA publicly opposed the reauthorization due to a new provision that prevents domestic abusers from owning and purchasing guns. Photo: Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images

The House on Thursday voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 in a 263-158 vote, with a newly added provision to prevent convicted domestic abusers and stalkers from purchasing or owning firearms.

The big picture: The NRA publicly opposed the reauthorization because of the gun ownership provision, per the New York Times. The reauthorized act also includes an expansion of existing protections to transgender victims of domestic or dating violence, which was opposed by Republicans, and a provision that allows "U.S. citizens to be tried in tribal courts for crimes of domestic or dating violence committed by non-native perpetrators on native lands," per NPR.

Pittsburgh passes gun restrictions following Tree of Life Synagogue shooting

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Eleven people died during a shooting at the Tree of Life Synaogogue in October 2018. Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Pittsburgh's city council passed legislation restricting military assault rifles in a 6-3 vote on Tuesday, and the democratic mayor is expected to sign the bill, reports AP.

Why it matters: The decision comes almost 6 months after a shooter killed 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. However, Pennsylvania prevents municipalities from regulating guns, and gun advocates say they are prepared to sue to stop the restrictions if the legislation goes through, per AP.