Berkeley rabbi joins campaign to close gun loophole

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Rabbi Menachem Creditor of Berkeley’s Congregation Netivot Shalom is among more than 500 clergy and national faith-based organizations who signed a letter this week calling on Congress to close a loophole in current U.S. gun laws.

Creditor, chairman of Rabbis Against Gun Violence, joined Christian, Muslim and Baha’i clergy members, as well as other rabbis, in seeking to protect victims of abuse and stalking.

Under current federal law, people convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors against a current or former spouse are banned from buying or possessing guns.

But those convicted of misdemeanor stalking or misdemeanor domestic violence against a dating partner do not face such a prohibition, according to the Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, a project of the Washington, D.C.-based group Jewish Women International.