House mulls barring guns from restraining order subjects

State Capitol building in Hartford. (File)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut legislators are considering a bill that would bar people with temporary restraining orders against them from possessing firearms.

House lawmakers on Wednesday began debating the bill, which is expected to generate a lengthy debate over gun rights.

Proponents hope the legislation will help victims of domestic violence.

Democratic Rep. William Tong, of Stamford, says the bill isn’t about guns, gun control or gun confiscation: it’s about creating a legal system that “protects and values the lives of women.” He’s the co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

The bill would require a person to transfer firearms to police or a firearms dealer within 24 hours after being served with a temporary restraining order. The weapons would be returned if a judge determined at an expedited hearing not to impose a formal restraining order.

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