People applying for gun licences could be asked to prove that their current or recent partners have consented to the application, Theresa May has suggested.
The home secretary said it was "not appropriate" for people with a history of domestic violence to own guns.
Ministers are examining if the extra check could "reduce the risk to domestic violence victims", she said.
Her comments came in a letter to MPs which was sent soon after the Newtown massacre, but published on Wednesday.
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