Sheriff Chris Schmaling testified this week in Washington, D.C., in support of stronger gun laws that could help protect women from gun violence from their abusers.
He was part of a panel discussing how the federal government can better protect women from gun violence. Schmaling was the lead investigator on the Teri Jendusa-Nicolai case; she was beaten, kidnapped and stuffed into a garbage can in a freezing storage bin by her ex-husband in January 2004.
Schamaling was asked to participate in the panel because he was the lead investigator on that case, a story from WISN 12 News reads.
During his testimony, Schmaling asked for stricter laws that keep up with changing technologies.
“I’m asking you today to stand up against abuse by fixing our out-of-date laws and passing some clear common sense legislation,” Schmaling is quoted as saying.
Specifically, the sheriff is asking for tougher laws that keep guns out of the hands of abusive husbands and boyfriends. He also wants better background checks for buyers who purchase from unlicensed sellers.
While he supports gun ownership for law-abiding citizens, the reforms he supports would keep women and his deputies safer.
“Undoubtedly, domestic violence, domestic disturbance calls are the most dangerous,” the story quotes Schmaling as saying. “Abusers routinely threaten to shoot my deputies prior to our arrival on domestic violence calls.”
Schmaling’s trip was paid for by Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a story in The Journal Times reads.