New CT Law Would Force People Accused of Domestic Abuse to Give Up Their Guns
The governor of Connecticut plans to sign a bill to take guns away from suspected domestic abusers, after it passed both houses of the state Legislature this week.
Gov. Dan Malloy (D) says the bill is a "commonsense step towards strengthening and enhancing our gun violence protection laws."
Suspects would have 24 hours after being served a temporary restraining order to surrender or sell all firearms in their possession.
— Dan Malloy (@DanMalloyCT) May 3, 2016
A court hearing would be required within seven days on extending the order. If the judge doesn't make the order permanent, the owner would get back their guns within five days.
The president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League said the legislation is "nothing but a back door method to force the surrender of firearms with no opportunity for a respondent of such an order to be heard prior to any surrender of legal property."
"It seems any time a gun enters the equation, it becomes acceptable to violate constitutionally protected rights," Scott Wilson said.