Dozens of new laws went into effect in Connecticut on October 1st. Two of them aim for protection against violence.

So many stories of violence make the news all across the country every day. Close to home, for us in Connecticut, will always be Sandy Hook. Also, the hundreds of stories of domestic violence like that of Lori Gellatly of Oxford covered at  I live in hope every day that we find a permanent solution, but at least Connecticut inched a bit closer this past Saturday.

According to, a new law that seeks to better protect victims of domestic violence is now in effect in Connecticut. The measure that became law Saturday requires people to surrender their guns and ammunition to police immediately if they have a temporary restraining order granted against them. Under the old law, a judge would have to hear the case before turning in weapons is required.

If you, or some one you know, is a victim of  domestic violence, please contact the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

In a related story from, another one of the new laws in our state includes tougher penalties for people who make threats against schools. Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley told nbc connecticut:

This is becoming such a big problem. You’ve seen school systems shut their entire school systems down for days

The Bill was sponsored by state Senator Tony Hwang who had this to say to nbc connecticut:

This is not a practical joke. It is not funny. The implications and traumas that you cause in these kinds of threats are so devastating

Anybody who makes a threat can now be charged with a felony and face years in prison.