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The legislature's Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing this morning to discuss a bill concerning firearms and risk protection orders.  Redding Senator Will Haskell says in situations where a person poses a risk of imminent personal injury to himself, herself or others, a judge would be allowed to issue an order prohibiting that person from acquiring or possessing firearms or ammunition.

Currently, the law only allows these protection orders to be issued against someone currently in possession of a gun, not someone seeking to acquire one. 

Under the proposed legislation, the protective order will continue to apply until the person can prove they no longer pose risk of injury to themselves or others. Family and household members including spouses, parents, children, siblings, grandparents or grandchildren, step-family members or in-laws would be able to file a complaint, as would people living with the individual, people sharing children with them, romantic partners or legal guardians.

Medical professionals including physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, psychologists and social workers would also be allowed to make such a report. 

The hearing is being held via zoom at 10am.  Testimony can be emailed to judtestimony@cga.ct.gov.

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