Connecticut’s Congressional Democrats have reintroduced a bill that would help protect victims of domestic abuse from gun violence.
The bill is named in memory of Lori Jackson, an Oxford, Connecticut, mother who was shot and killed by her husband who had legally obtained a gun despite having a temporary restraining order. Merry Jackson is her mother.
“We’d love to see an end to this. If we can save another family from facing a tragedy that we faced. We lost so much that day and we would love to be a part of it,” Jackson said.
Congressman Jim Himes said he hopes the legislation would help provide access to guns only to responsible Americans.
Himes and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy said these gun reforms would help lower rates of domestic violence.
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal said the legislation would close loopholes in federal law that allow abusers to legally obtain guns.
“Closing this loophole is truly a matter of life or death and so often, the victims and survivors have no voice, their presence is invisible in this process. Closing this loophole is the aim of this measure,” Blumenthal said.
The House of Representatives is scheduled to consider the bill as soon as this week.