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Lawmakers approve domestic violence bill, heads to senate floor

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Lawmakers debated a domestic violence bill that takes guns away after restraining order is issued. (WSFB) Lawmakers debated a domestic violence bill that takes guns away after restraining order is issued. (WSFB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

After a fiery debate, a bill surrounding guns and temporary restraining orders ended up passing easily through the state house late Wednesday night.

The bill now heads to the senate floor. It would require subjects of temporary restraining orders to hand over their guns.

The bill has sparked a debate between supporters of the second amendment and domestic violence survivors. The survivors said they believe this bill will save lives.

"It brought up a lot of raw emotional feelings for me,” State Rep. Robyn Porter (D-94) said.

Porter is a domestic violence survivor. Despite what she went through two decades ago, she calls herself one of the lucky ones since she's here to talk about it.

"I believe that a person's right to live should supercede a person's right to carry a gun and I mean at the end of the day you can get your gun back but a victim cannot get their life back,” Porter said.

Porter and 145 other lawmakers voted in favor of house bill 50-54. It would ban the subjects of temporary restraining orders from possessing guns.  The person would have 24 hours to hand their firearms over to a gun dealer or police. Then an expedited hearing would be called within 7 days.

“When a restraining order is issued that is normally the most volatile time where people are most emotional and bad things can happen,” House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said.

Not all lawmakers back that bill, some said it would not be effective and threatens to violate the second amendment and due process.

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