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CT senators, law enforcement push to keep guns out of abusers' hands

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut's senators, law enforcement officials and advocates are pushing for federal action to keep guns away from domestic abusers.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy were joined by the parents of Lori Jackson, who was shot and killed by her husband after obtaining a temporary restraining order.

The victim's mother, Merry Jackson, was also shot during the incident.

"My daughter is not here but I am ---for some reason I survived," Merry Jackson said on Wednesday.

Together, they are calling for the passage of the Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act.

The bill would protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence by preventing the subjects of temporary restraining orders from purchasing or possessing a firearm for the duration of the order, according to Blumenthal.

Blumenthal said a state law went into effect on Oct. 1 that required people to give up their guns and ammunition if a temporary restraining order is granted against them. Without federal action, however, nothing can stop an abuser from traveling across state lines to get a weapon.

The senators held two events on Wednesday to call for the passage of the bill.

"In Connecticut, now the law is that guns will be taken away in cases of temporary and permanent restraining orders, but that is not true is many states around the country," Blumenthal said.

According to the Connecticut Coalition against Domestic Violence, one out of every four women are victims of domestic violence, and women are five times more likely to be killed if there is access to a gun.

Senators Blumenthal and Murphy say enough is enough

"If congress cannot protect people like Lori Jackson, when we know they are at risk, then what are we there for,” Murphy said.

Connecticut’s new law takes guns away within 24 hours after someone is served a restraining order. 

To Merry Jackson, it makes sense to remove weapons at a time when there is often anger and rage and she has to keep fighting.

"I want to do this in her name because we loved her so much --- she had so much to live for. She had twins, they were beautiful babies...she can't do it --- we have to,” Jackson said.

While Connecticut has passed this law, very few states have, which means someone could go to a neighboring state to buy a gun which is what Scott Galletly did. 

Lawmakers say it needs to be a federal law in order to be effective.

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