- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Latest on bill barring people with temporary restraining orders from possessing firearms (all times local):

11:55 p.m.

The Connecticut House has passed a bill that would prohibit anyone with a temporary restraining order against them from possessing firearms.

The House passed the bill late Wednesday night. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Rep. William Tong says he introduced the measure with the goal of reducing violence against women and children.

The Stamford Democrat calls it “a common-sense answer to a problem that has claimed too many lives.”

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy later praised the passage of the bill.

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6:45 p.m.

Connecticut legislators are considering a bill that would bar people with temporary restraining orders against them from possessing firearms.

House lawmakers on Wednesday began debating the bill, which is expected to generate a lengthy debate over gun rights.

Proponents hope the legislation will help victims of domestic violence.

Democratic Rep. William Tong, of Stamford, says the bill isn’t about guns, gun control or gun confiscation: it’s about creating a legal system that “protects and values the lives of women.” He’s the co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

The bill would require a person to transfer firearms to police or a firearms dealer within 24 hours after being served with a temporary restraining order. The weapons would be returned if a judge determined at an expedited hearing not to impose a formal restraining order.

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