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New laws to take effect Saturday

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Several new laws Connecticut will take effect Saturday.

One of the the most significant bills that passed this legislative session could help save lives.

The new law would allow guns to be taken from people who are served restraining orders.

Karen Jarmoc of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence believes this is a big win for the state's fight against gun violence.

"We know the mixture of firearms and domestic violence is a dangerous and lethal one," said Jarmoc.

Prior to the new law, people were allowed to keep their guns up until their court hearing.

Lori Jackson was killed by her husband Scott Gellatly  after she was granted a restraining order.

Gellatly shot her and her mother in front of their two children.

Now a gun must be confiscated within 24 hours of the restraining order being served.

"If there is a gun available and even accessible to an offender ina  domestic violence relationship, it's likely to increase the chance of a person being murdered by five times," said Jarmoc.

Another law that was passed would improve the quality of life for many children with serious illnesses

The new law will allow children under 18 with multiple serious illnesses to use medical marijuana.

Lawmakers heard from several parents earlier this year who have children with epilepsy.

They said their children suffer fewer seizures because of the drug.

Following a rash of threats to multiple Connecticut public schools, lawmakers have cracked down.

Under a new law, the maximum penalty is a felony with five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

40 Connecticut schools have been targeted since the Sandy Hook School shooting in 2012.

Lawmakers hope to show through this law that the threats are not something that is taken lightly.

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