With the Connecticut General Assembly scheduled to adjourn at midnight Wednesday, Gabby Giffords’ gun confiscation push is in danger of not even getting discussion, much less a vote.
Giffords, Governor Dannel P. Malloy (D), and the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) have been pushing a bill to force the forfeiture of guns by those subject to temporary restraining orders.
CTNOW reports that the example of 32-year-old Lori Jackson Gellatly is being used in the push for the bill. Gellatly, “a mother of two from Oxford,” was shot and killed by her husband Scott in 2014.
Scott killed Gellatly and his mother-in-law “despite having three restraining orders filed against him.” Giffords, Malloy, and the CCADV ignore the fact that Scott was not stopped by the restrictions imposed by the restraining orders, presuming, instead, that one more restriction–a gun ban–would have made the difference.
But this fact has not escaped the attention of others who understand that Scott’s disregard for extant laws demonstrates that no new law would have stopped him. Thus, they view Giffords’ new push as one more infringement on the right to bear arms.
Gellatly’s sister, Kacey Mason, has tried to counter this by arguing that the gun confiscation bill is not about trying “to infringe on anyone’s right to own a gun.” Mason said they are simply trying to see some “loopholes … filled.”
House Speaker Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden) said he is still committed to passing the bill. At the same time, he admitted that the legislative schedule is very full and time is not on their side.
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