15 May '18, 7pm

Lawmakers move to make domestic violence a crime under UCMJ

Lawmakers move to make domestic violence a crime under UCMJ

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers want domestic violence to be a crime under military law, calling its omission from the Uniform Code of Military Justice a dangerous oversight for both victims and the public . Members of the House Armed Services Committee included the provision in their mark-up of the annual defense authorization bill last week. The proposal, authored by Nevada Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, was adopted unanimously by the committee and is expected to remain in the legislation as it works through both the full House and Senate. In a statement, Rosen called the idea a “commonsense measure” that will help close “this dangerous loophole in the UCMJ that allows dangerous individuals convicted of domestic abuse to buy firearms.” At issue is how military officials currently classify and report domestic violence crimes. Under the military code, such attacks are currently...

Full article: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2018...

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