The House of Representatives is proposing a new bill that would allow civilian police to take firearms of military service members away if they are accused of domestic violence.
Incidents of domestic violence, both within the military and otherwise, are up sharply since the pandemic started.
According to Military.com, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), the chairperson of the House Armed Services Committee's subcommittee dedicated to personnel, and one of the bill's sponsors, stated:
"Domestic violence is a forgotten crisis in the military, and that's why I offered an NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act] amendment to ensure that service members have access to military court protective orders that are as strong and enforceable as protective orders issued by civilian courts."
The bill, however, has already met with resistance by conservative representatives, due to issues with the Second Amendment. As such, it may be difficult for the bill to make it through both the House and the Senate in order to become law.
Currently, a serviceperson's commander are allowed to issue protective orders at the military level requiring him or her to stay away from their alleged victims if they are accused of harassment or domestic violence, pending the outcome of an investigation. They can also temporarily be required to give up their firearms if they are on base.