Critical news of interest to our readers.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced today that he will sign an Executive Order that will deny firearm permits to those on government watch lists. Those with existing permits who are found to be on those watch lists would have their permits revoked.

What is referred to as the Terror Watch list actually comprises a number of different lists including the “no-fly” list, terrorism watch list, and others. The Governor is working with federal agencies to compile the appropriate and relevant list.

Governor Malloy is taking this bold and necessary action because he believes the safety of the people in Connecticut comes first. Please join us in showing our approval by calling 860-566-4840 right now and thanking the Governor for taking this courageous action. We hope that our Governor’s action will set an example for other states with smart gun laws to do the same.

The Governor said today, “Like all Americans, I have been horrified by the recent terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris. They have been and should be a wake-up call to our nation. I am taking this commonsense step with this executive order simply because it’s the right thing to do. It’s the smart thing to do. If you can’t get on an airplane without a background check, you shouldn’t be able to buy a deadly weapon. Why anyone would stand idly by and knowingly allow those on government watch lists to purchase guns is truly unbelievable.”

A complaint has been filed with the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission regarding likely illegal campaign spending by the NRA’s PAC in Connecticut. The complaint was filed by 5 gun violence prevention advocates including three Newtown residents – Sarah Clements, Po Murray, and Carlos Soto – who were directly impacted by the Sandy Hook shooting. Specifically, their complaint reveals that the NRA’s federal PAC likely funneled improper campaign contributions to state politicians, and appears to have secretly given their state affiliate as much as $20,000, in violation of Connecticut state law.

READ: The news release and official complaint

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.