A bill that will allow law enforcement to seize guns and ammunition from accused domestic abusers is on its way to the desk of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has said he will sign it.
Under the bill, those accused of domestic abuse — mostly men — will be forced to surrender their firearms within 24 hours if their partners seek restraining orders against them.
The CT Post writes:
The goal is to protect women from the increased lethality at a critical point in a relationship: when they are trying to leave their abusers. About 14 domestic homicides occur annually in Connecticut, half of which are caused by guns.
While 5,000 temporary restraining orders are issued annually, about half result in permanent orders. The bill, which was approved last week in the House, would require court hearings within seven days and if judges decide against extending the orders, weapons would be returned within five days later. Currently, court hearings are held 14 days later.
In a statement released Monday, Gov. Malloy applauded the legislation’s passage, saying, “We have a moral obligation to work to prevent needless tragedy and to make this the law. Women in abusive relationships are five times more likely to be killed if their abuser has access to a firearm.”
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