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).
Like Lori, all too often women’s lives are put in danger because their abusive intimate partners are not prohibited from possessing firearms. Nationwide, female intimate partners are more likely to be murdered by a gun than all other means combined.
CT Against Gun Violence supports the Governor’s proposal and we look forward to your support to make state lawmakers aware that CT voters want common-sense laws to protect victims of domestic abuse from gun violence.
Please sign up here to join our grassroots effort to pass this important legislation. Your help is vital, as gun rights extremists are already lining up against the legislation. We’ll keep you posted through periodic alerts about contacting your lawmakers, attending hearings and public demonstrations of support.
Gov. Malloy’s legislation requires subjects of a temporary restraining order to turn in their firearms shortly after the judge’s temporary restraining order is issued, giving victims additional protection at this critical time. Many states, including California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and even Texas, prohibit firearm purchase or possession by people under domestic violence temporary (“ex parte”) protective orders.
Your past support has made the state of Connecticut one of the safest from gun violence. Please click here to join our effort to make victims of domestic violence safer by supporting this important gun safety reform.