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Bill linking restraining orders to gun ban is resurrected

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HARTFORD — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is reviving a bill that would briefly bar people who are the subject of a temporary restraining order from possessing firearms and ammunition.

A similar bill failed last year despite support from Malloy and advocates for domestic violence victims.

Critics say there’s an existing law that’s well-established.

The president and CEO of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence says she’s optimistic the new legislation will pass this year because proponents have research to bolster their case.

An Associated Press review shows more than a dozen states have strengthened laws designed to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers over the past two years.

Malloy’s bill requires people to transfer their guns within 24 hours of being served with a temporary restraining order.