A measure that passed the Connecticut House of Representatives last week is a threat to citizens’ right to keep and bear arms, as well as their Fifth Amendment right of due process.House Bill 5054 passed the House with a 104-42 vote. The measure 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 strips the accused of their Second Amendment rights and would be issued by a judge based solely on a brief statement of an accuser before the accused can appear in court to defend themselves against the allegations. Often these orders come with no allegations of criminal behavior, so the bill clearly is contrary to an individual’s right to due process and presents a real threat to gun owners throughout the state.
Use Your Power!
Connecticut gun owners and other freedom lovers should contact their state senators and let them know they opposed HB 5054. You can contact your senator by clicking here.