15 March 2015

Current Bills - Storing firearms; "Protective Orders";

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Current Proposed Legislation
"Safe Storage Laws"
"Temporary Restraining Orders"

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OPPOSE ~ HB 6962 ~ "Safe Storage Law" (Official title - AN ACT CONCERNING FIREARM SAFETY) A legislative overreach seeking to criminalize gun owners for keeping their firearms accessible when in their homes.

Currently, if you don’t keep your firearms locked away from minor children, there are civil and criminal liabilities that apply to a minor accessing your unlocked firearm and causing harm. In other words, there has to actually be a victim in order for it to be a criminal.

This bill removes the word ‘minor’ from those statutes, making it a requirement that everyone’s firearms be locked up when not on their person. It also expands your criminal and civil liability for someone accessing your firearms against your will.

Even more disturbingly, the bill then goes on to change the burden of proof for a defendant during a risk warrant hearing. This changes the current ‘innocent until proven guilty’ system, which is already heavily perverted by the risk warrant law, and makes it clear that upon an accusation, you are guilty until proven innocent.

OPPOSE - Senate Bill 650 – (Official title - AN ACT CONCERNING TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS) A bill seeking to remove due process from the restraining order process
OPPOSE - House Bill 6848 - (Official title -AN ACT PROTECTING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE) A bill seeking to remove due process from the restraining order process

These bills will wrongfully violate the fundamental rights of hundreds of people per year based only on hearsay. In 2014, 45% of all ex parte temporary restraining orders were found to be not valid after the hearing. They would require that a firearms owner surrender his por her firearms within 24 hours of issuance of a temporary restraining order, before any court hearing takes place.

Using the confusion of the difference between a Temporary Restraining Order [TRO] and a Restraining Order [RO] that many people have and trying to make it sound like it would be a ‘common sense’ idea for someone to lose their firearms during a Temporary Restraining Order.

The reality is that there is little that is similar about a TRO and an RO. A TRO is an ex parte order, meaning that only one side has presented anything to the court. In other words, the subject of the TRO has had no opportunity to be heard or represented. This clearly violates the concept and idea of Due Process, but further, it actually negatively impacts public safety as well.

Info on these bills courtesy of Connecticut Carry

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