Critical news of interest to our readers.

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.

Last May, Lori Jackson, a 32 year-old mother of two living in Oxford, CT, was shot and killed by her husband after a court granted her a temporary restraining order. Despite the court believing Lori’s safety was at risk, her husband was allowed to keep his gun.

To close the loophole that puts women at mortal danger all too often, Governor Malloy has introduced legislation to prohibit domestic abusers subject to temporary restraining orders from keeping or buying firearms (click here for the Governor’s press release).

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