Gun-control debate rises over domestic-violence protections

When Lori Jackson was murdered last May by a man who police identified as her estranged husband, the mother of two from Oxford had a temporary restraining order in place, prohibiting contact but still allowing him to possess a gun until a hearing took place before a judge.

Now, companion bills crafted in response to the shooting of Jackson, 32, and her mother, who survived, are picking up momentum in the final week of the legislative session and are pitting domestic-violence awareness groups against Second Amendment activists in Connecticut.

The legislation would force those with a temporary restraining order against them to surrender any firearms and ammunition to police upon being served with the no-contact measure.

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Appropriations Committee Passes Bills to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence Abuse

The Appropriations Committee of the General Assembly has passed SB 650,  An Act Concerning Temporary Restraining Orders. Previously, the bill passed the Judiciary Committee. Now it is on to the State Senate for a floor vote. This bill closes the significant loophole that leaves victims of domestic violence vulnerable to gun violence: The state does not prohibit abusers subject to a temporary restraining order from possessing or purchasing guns.

Women who are victims of domestic violence are 5 times more likely to be murdered by an intimate partner when a gun is present. The period immediately following a victim applying for a temporary restraining order is the most dangerous time for them. Help pass this important legislation that requires the subject of a temporary restraining order immediately surrender any guns or ammunition.

Please click here to send a quick message to your State Senator in support of SB 650. 

Connecticut has strong laws in place to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers who have been convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence crime or are subject to a permanent domestic violence restraining order. But that law does not apply to Temporary Restraining Orders. This is a significant gap in the law that allows abusers subject to a TRO to continue to possess guns. Please take two minutes now to contact your State Senator and help pass this important legislation that will help protect victims of domestic violence.

Judiciary Committee Votes Yes to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

The Judiciary Committee of the CT Legislature voted favorably on April 11 to pass SB 650 and HB 6848, two bills that will help protect victims of domestic abuse by removing guns from subjects of temporary restraining orders.

The bills were voted favorably out of committee by a party line vote of 22 to 18.

The next step will be getting a vote of the full membership. We will be sending an alert to contact your legislators when it comes time for that. Hard to tell when the vote will happen – may be soon, could be June.

Click here to see the final vote tally. (Vote tally was the same for both bills).