Critical news of interest to our readers.

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.

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).

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(Photos by Wendy Skratt)

Our Benefit Luncheon at the Greenwich Country Club on April 2 was an enormous success!

Thank you so much for all of you who had attended. And thank you so much for all of you who made for such a successful Paddle Raise! We would love to have you join our committee for next year’s luncheon. Please let us know by contacting sofie@cagv.org if you would like to join the committee.

And if you missed it, we hope you can join us next year.

We received so many wonderful notes from so many attendees! They found our Keynote Speaker, Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU so informative. He really gave the audience a clear understanding of the history of the Second Amendment. And they were so grateful to learn more about how Connecticut leads the nation in passing meaningful legislation and reducing gun deaths! And of course, it was great to catch up with so many friends and like-minded people.

Looking forward to seeing you all (and more!) next year.