Thanks in large part to the dramatic filibuster effort of our CT Senator Chris Murphy, a vote will be taken Monday in the U.S. Senate on two important bills:  One on expanding Universal Background checks on gun sales; and one adding those on terrorist and no-fly list to the database of persons prohibited from owning guns.

Fifteen Senators have been identified as possible critical votes for passage. You can help:  Simply text CAGV to 877-877.  Your call will be directed to one of those Senators.

Or you can click Call on the Senate to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists and expand Brady background checks right now. By clicking on that link, giving your cell phone number and filling out the information, you will be connected by phone to the office of one of those Senators and you will be directed as to the message to give them.

The vote is so close!  Your call can make the difference! It only takes seconds! Please do it now!

TY for Passing HB5054

The Senate of the CT General Assembly voted to pass HB 5054, An Act to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence, in a bipartisan vote of 23-13. The bill was already passed by the House last week.

The bill will require domestic abusers to surrender any firearms owned or possessed within twenty-four hours of service of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), pending a hearing to be held within 14 days. Passage of this bill is critical because the period immediately after the victim takes court action to end the relationship is a particularly dangerous time. And presence of a firearm in an abusive relationship makes it five times more likely that the abuse victim will be killed.

Passing an important bill such as this takes the work of many. Thank you to all of you who have contacted your legislators. Your advocacy played a substantial role in securing this vote.

The next step will be for Governor Malloy to sign the bill.  Since he advocated for the bill from the very beginning, we expect that this will happen soon. The bill will then become law.

Thank you for your good work! Together we can be sure that Connecticut will lead the nation in our fight to reduce gun violence.

We are very pleased that HB 5054 An Act Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence was passed late last night by the Connecticut House of Representatives!

The bill will save lives by requiring subjects of temporary restraining orders to surrender their firearms within 24 hours of service of the order. Women are at heightened risk when taking court action against abusers. And when a gun is present in a domestic dispute, women are five times more likely to be killed.  So swift removal of firearms from abusers is critical. This bill does just that!

Only with your support in urging your legislator to vote in favor of the bill, could the bill have passed by such a substantial, more than two-to-one margin: 104 voted in favor, only 42 against.

There is no substitute for the effective advocacy from supporters like you.

Now we must complete the task by completing the job in the Senate.

Again, we ask you to simply click here to send a message to your State Senator asking them to support HB5054.