In a move that threatens not only your Right to Keep and Bear Arms, but also your Fifth Amendment right to due process, anti-gun legislators in Connecticut have filed legislation similar to what you worked so hard to defeat last year. House Bill 5054 would require the recipient of an ex parte temporary restraining order to surrender their firearms to the police or a licensed dealer within 24 hours of being served with an order. This ex parte order, which strips the accused of their Second Amendment rights, would be issued by a judge based solely on a brief statement of an accuser and before the accused can appear in court to defend themselves against the allegations. Often these orders come with no allegations of criminal behavior. HB 5054 clearly goes against an individual’s right to due process and presents a real threat to gun owners across Connecticut.
It’s important that you contact both your state Representative and state Senator and politely urge him or her to oppose HB 5054. To find your state legislators, click here. Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on this bill.