Proponents say a new gun law in Connecticut, which will allow firearms to be confiscated from those who have a temporary restraining order filed against them, will save lives, but gun rights advocates say it will deny gun owners due process and could result in other unintended consequences when it goes into effect Oct. 1.
Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the bill into law this week. The legislation was brought forward after an Oxford, Connecticut resident, Lori Jackson Gellatly, was shot and killed by her estranged husband. Gellatly had filed a temporary restraining order but was killed while awaiting a court hearing for a permanent restraining order. Her family went to the Connecticut capital over Memorial Day weekend to push for the gun law.
Advocates for domestic violence victims say the law is needed to protect those in vulnerable and possibly life-threatening situations.
“This is really good policy,” said Karen Jarmoc, president and CEO of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Jarmoc, an adviser on the legislation, said it has been proven that a “mixture between domestic policy and firearms could be dangerous and lethal sometimes.”