House Passes Ethan's Law

May 10, 2019

Connecticut is a leader when it comes to sensible gun safety laws. This week, we continued our leadership on the issue by passing Ethan’s Law, legislation regulating ghost guns and legislation increasing safe storage in motor vehicles.

Safe Storage in the Home

Better known as Ethan’s Law, HB 7218 would require that a gun, loaded or unloaded, be properly stored so that individuals under the age of 18 cannot access the firearm. The bill was prompted by the tragic death of 15 year-old Guilford resident, Ethan Song. While at a friend’s house, Ethan died after being shot with an improperly stored gun and due to a loophole, the owner of the gun could not be prosecuted.

Ghost Guns

Made from kits of partially completed firearms which are easily purchased online, ghost guns are created without a serial number and untraceable, causing a great risk to public safety. HB 7219 creates sensible regulations to ensure people that can’t buy a gun aren’t building untraceable guns and assault weapons from parts purchased online or by using a 3D printer.

Safe Storage in Cars

Guns should not be left unsecured in vehicles. Across the U.S., unsecured guns being stolen from cars have become a growing concern with a number of large cities reporting an annual increase of 40 percent. HB 7223 would require that any handgun present in an unattended vehicle be stored in a locked safe or trunk. The passage of this safe storage bill will offer increased public safety by curtailing the flow of illegal firearms in our communities.