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Domestic violence law signed by governor in Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The governor held a ceremony to sign a bill meant to protect survivors of domestic violence.

Gov. Dannel Malloy said the bill prohibits the possession of firearms for anyone who becomes subject to a temporary restraining order.

Channel 3's Susan Raff spoke with those who pushed for the bill to be passed.

Merry Jackson's daughter Lori left her husband, Scott Gallatly, and filed a restraining order because she feared for her life.

But despite the restraining order, Gallatly shot Jackson and her mother in front of their two young children.

The bill will automatically take guns away from people immediately when they are served a restraining order.

Until this bill was passed, a person could keep the gun until their court hearing.

Jackson is grateful for the bill.

"You don't realize how many lives this touches when such as senseless act is done. It's mind blowing. It tore our family apart." said Jackson.

Karen Jarmoc of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence said this bill is most beneficial for victims of domestic violence.

"This has always been about victim's safety ---I know there are others who wanted to define this legislation in a different way but for us --- it was about protecting victims of domestic violence from what we know as an incredibility dangerous time," said Jarmoc.

Governor Malloy said he is optomistic that the bill will be effective in saving lives.

"This bill will save lives...it will protect victims from senseless gun violence....it may also protect people from committing suicide during that period of time," said Malloy.

Malloy said he'll be joined by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, state lawmakers and officials, advocates against domestic violence and survivors of domestic violence.

The bill it self is called An Act Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence.

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