CAGV Endorses William Tong (Attorney General) and Matt Lesser (State Senate 9th District) in Primary Elections

CAGV has endorsed State Representative William Tong for CT Attorney General and Representative Matt Lesser for State Senate in the 9th District for the primary elections on August 14, 2018. The endorsements recognize candidates running in primaries who CAGV believes will be true leaders in advocating and taking action to promote and pass common-sense gun laws if elected—and have already distinguished themselves with a history of championing gun violence prevention legislation as central to their agenda and core beliefs.

 

William Tong, Candidate for Attorney General

Candidates’ positions on gun laws will be an important factor for voters in the upcoming fall elections—especially among youth. According to a recent Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics poll, among 18-29 year olds who say they will definitely vote, 77 percent consider gun regulation an important factor in determining their vote. According to a Quinnipiac national poll, gun policy is one of the top five issues voters of all ages will consider when deciding how to vote.

Candidates’ positions on gun laws will be an important factor for voters in the upcoming fall elections—especially among youth. According to a recent Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics poll, among 18-29 year olds who say they will definitely vote, 77 percent consider gun regulation an important factor in determining their vote. According to a Quinnipiac national poll, gun policy is one of the top five issues voters of all ages will consider when deciding how to vote.

Matt Lesser, Candidate for State Senate, 9th District

CAGV endorsements for candidates running in primaries were made using responses to the CAGV Candidate Questionnaire about Gun Laws and, if the candidate is an incumbent, his or her General Assembly legislative record. Also considered are candidate interviews, public statements, testimony, appearances at public events and press conferences and remarks made to gun violence prevention and gun rights advocacy organizations.

CAGV is continuing the process of grading candidates. After the primaries it will publish candidate grades and will make additional endorsements for the general election.

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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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.