3 gun bills, including ‘Ethan’s Law,’ pass State Senate

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Ethan Song was handling a gun at a friend’s house in Guilford when it went off. That was in 2018. Now, a series of new laws passed Thursday by the House and Senate look to prevent such tragedies. 

It was a very emotional day as the family and friends of Ethan Song celebrated in the Senate chambers after Ethan‘s Law was passed.

His father, Mike, said he will never stop missing his son, but the new law helps ease the pain just a little.

“Some of that grief gets turned up and you cry a little bit, and you work through it. And for anyone who lost a child, they know you work every day at it. This is a good day! You have to take your good days when they come,” he said.

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Many lawmakers applauded the Song family. They said in the family’s desperate times after losing a child, instead of turning inward, they turned outward and let Ethan’s light shine and did good for the community and the state of Connecticut.

Ethan’s sister, Emily, hopes the new law will prevent other families from having to suffer the pain and loss they did.

“I am just so happy that this might not happen to someone else, or it can be prevented, or someone can find the knowledge that they need to store their gun properly,” she said.

Scott Wilson with the Connecticut Citizens Defense League said they collaborated with the Songs over the phone to add in their expertise for safety.

“We worked really hard to make sure that the educational component that was originally drafted 30 years ago was put back into this legislation with some force behind it,” he said.

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And while they support the firearm education inside Ethan’s Law, they were opposed to the next two bills that passed in the Senate, banning ghost guns, in which a man was arrested in Waterbury on Wednesday for a plastic 3-D printed gun in his belt a round in the chamber.

They were also opposed to the new gun storage laws in vehicles, where you are now required to lock a firearm inside the trunk, glove box or a safe when leaving a gun in a vehicle.

All three bills move to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

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