NEW HAVEN – Saying that federal law does not do enough to protect domestic violence victims from deadly attacks, both of Connecticut’s U.S. senators said Friday that they want to make it a federal crime for someone to possess a gun if the person is subject to a temporary restraining order.
Flanked by officers and domestic violence prevention advocates at the police department here, Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy also said they want to bar gun dealers from selling weapons to people who are under such an order.
Federal law already bars purchases and possession of a weapon by someone who is subject to a permanent restraining order, but not a temporary one.
Laws about guns and restraining orders vary widely among the 50 states. Connecticut law requires people under a temporary restraining order in a criminal case to surrender or sell their guns within two days of the order being issued.