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Memorez Rackley, left, of Sandy, and her son, Jase, 6, top right, were shot and killed Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Sandy. Rackley's middle son, Myles, 11, and the 8-year-old daughter of a "good Samaritan" who attempted to help the family were also shot and injured. The gunman, identified by police as Jeremy Patterson, of Draper, also died in the shooting.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Senate passed SB27 quickly Monday afternoon, amending the laws on domestic violence, dating violence and stalking that may have saved a Sandy woman and her son.

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Memorez Rackley and her son, Jase, were gunned down by a man she had once dated, Jeremy Patterson, on June 6 on a Sandy street. Patterson then took his own life.

SB27 amends the law to expand the ability to obtain a proctective order to those who have or had a relationship with a suspect but never cohabited.

The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, explained that the law is restrictive and very specific by design, because obtaining a protective order against someone essentially strips him or her of their Second Amendment rights.

The Senate suspended the usual three-reading requirements and sent the bill to the House with a unanimous vote.