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Lawmakers push to take guns away after restraining order is issued

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Lawmakers in Connecticut are once again trying to change state laws by taking guns away from people as soon as they are given a restraining order. (WFSB) Lawmakers in Connecticut are once again trying to change state laws by taking guns away from people as soon as they are given a restraining order. (WFSB)
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Lawmakers in Connecticut are once again trying to change state laws by taking guns away from people as soon as they are given a restraining order.

There have been a number of cases in the state where people have been injured and killed, and some feel that restraining orders could save lives if people didn’t have access to guns.

"He bought the shot gun, he knew she was going to file, he didn't own it beforehand...it was horrible,” said Kelly Annelli, who says Kyla Ryng was murdered by her husband right after she told him she wanted a divorce.

Ryng did not have a restraining order, but even if she did, her husband would have been allowed to keep his gun until they had a hearing.

Two years ago, Lori Jackson was killed by her husband Scott Gellatly. She had a restraining order but she was shot in front of her children the day before their hearing.

"We know that access to firearms in a domestic violence relationship makes it five times more likely that someone will be murdered,” said Karen Jarmoc, of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The Coalition says guns should be taken away as soon as a restraining order is given.

A new poll shows many people agree, with 86 percent of people feeling those with even temporary restraining orders should not be able to buy guns.

Temporary orders are given until there is a hearing, which is usually a two-week period.

However, gun advocates said before a firearm can be taken away from anyone, there should be a hearing.

"If someone is deemed to be somebody that is likely to cause harm to somebody then they should have to stand in front of a judge and let their side be heard,” said Scott Wilson, of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League.

Some Connecticut senators have been trying to get this done on a federal level, but without success. There are 20 states that take guns away from those with temporary restraining orders.

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