Bill To Protect Women Against Violence Passes in Committee

March 28, 2016

HB 5623, a bill that protects victims of domestic violence by prohibiting possession of firearms by anyone who becomes subject to a temporary restraining order upon notice of being served, was approved in Judiciary Committee today.

The bill requires people under temporary restraining orders to surrender firearms to police within 24 hours of being served. Studies show that the first 24-hour window when a woman goes to file for a temporary restraining order is the most-dangerous period.

The bill also prevents the partner from buying a weapon. Studies have also shown that women are five times more likely to be killed when her abuser has access to a gun.

Those for whom restraining orders would be sought who are employed in law-enforcement, would be allowed an expedited court hearing. Those who surrender their arms under the bill would be allowed to regain their permits and weapons if the temporary restraining order were to expire without a permanent restraining order. Over 20 states have passed similar laws which require the surrender of firearms at the ex parte stage and now it's time for Connecticut to pass the same law.

The bill also addresses human trafficking issues and includes enhanced penalties of up to $2,000 for patronizing prostitutes; and limits charges of prostitution to those 18 years of age or older, in order to protect children who might be victims of sex trafficking.

The bill now awaits action at the House. I will continue to update constituents about the bill as it moves forward.

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