Join us on September 22 for our Third Annual Hartford Area Legislative Luncheon

September 22, 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM, Pond House

It’s that time again. On September 22nd, for the third time, we will be holding our annual legislative luncheon at the Pond House Café, 1555 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, 12:00 to 2:00 PM.

Celebrate the Legislative Victory We Worked on Together

We are delighted to have as our guest speakers Rep. William Tong, House Chair of the Judiciary Committee, and Committee Member Rep. Robyn Porter, both of whom led the way in passing HB 5054, a bill, soon law, that will go a long way to protect victims, especially women, of domestic violence.

We are also delighted to have all of you, who were so active in supporting the campaign to pass this bill, with us on this day.

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When HB 5054 becomes law on October 1, subjects of Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO’s) will now have to turn in their guns within 24 hours instead of waiting 14 days for a hearing.  This is extremely important because the period immediately after the victim takes steps to officially end a relationship is particularly dangerous.  And if a firearm is present, a woman is five times more likely to be killed.  The hearing will still be held within fourteen days to allow the subject a fair hearing, but the danger of guns will have been removed.

Ten Ways to Stop Gun Violence


Gun violence takes many forms so solutions to the problems don’t lend themselves to “one size-fits-all” remedies. Here is our list of the top ten priorities for attacking the gun violence problem.

  1. Smart Guns

Smart gun technologies, in which Smart guns, or personalized guns, are designed to be useless unless unlocked by radio signal or a biometric authenticator such as voice activation, fingerprints, or a retina scan could help prevent gun deaths in many important ways including:

  1. The hundreds of thousands of guns stolen every year could be rendered harmless.
  2. Gun accidents in the home could be reduced, especially among children.
  3. Suicidal teenagers would be prevented from appropriating their parents’ guns.

The term smart gun has been trademarked by the gun manufacturer Mossberg.

To read the entire list click here.

Connecticut has for the third consecutive year been ranked by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence as having the second strongest gun laws in the nation

As in the past, the rankings reveal a strong correlation between smart gun laws and fewer gun deaths—states with the weakest laws, like Wyoming and Mississippi have some of the highest gun death rates in the country, while states with strong laws, like California and Connecticut, have some of the lowest gun death rates. Simply put, the Scorecard shows that gun laws save lives.

Click here to see how all the states rank.

Law Center Map