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Hartford Courant: Malloy Signs Domestic Violence Gun Bill

A year after a similar effort failed, lawmakers, domestic violence groups and the family of an Oxford woman slain by her husband came to the Capitol Friday to celebrate a new law aimed at preventing tragedies in the future.

Relatives of Lori Jackson Gellatly surrounded Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in the Old Judiciary Room as he signed a bill prohibiting the possession and purchase of firearms by those subject to a temporary restraining order. Gellatly, 32, was shot and killed by her estranged husband, Scott Gellatly, after she filed a temporary order but before a court appearance to consider more permanent protection.

"After losing their daughter this family decided to commit themselves to this issue, the issue of domestic violence with a gun," Malloy said. "Their steady encouragement helped us get this bill over the finish line after it had failed in past years. … This bill will save lives."

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