Connecticut senators propose new federal safe gun storage legislation

GUILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) - In Guilford, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal announced a federal proposal, aimed at strengthening laws regarding the storage of firearms.

The bill is a national version of Ethan's Law, a measure that's been proposed here in Connecticut.

Related: 'Ethan's Law' looks to strengthen laws regarding firearm storage

It is named after Guilford teenager Ethan Song, who was killed in an accidental shooting involving a handgun last year. Saturday would have been Ethan Song's 16th birthday. 

"Eighty percent of our children are in house with firearms. Eighty percent of school shootings are with unsecured firearms. Veterans are killing themselves with unsecured firearms and many unsecured firearms are using firearms to to kill our precious children," said Kristen Song, Ethan's mother.

A year ago, Ethan was at his friend's house in Guilford. The father of the home has three guns and ammunition stored in a cardboard box in a tupperware container and placed the keys to the trigger locks in the same container. 

Ethan and his freinds were playing when Ethan was shot in the head. 

Ethan's law would require any gun, loaded or not, needed to be safely stored. 

Related Content: Ethan Song's parents call for stronger gun storage laws after son's fatal accident

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy is the co-sponsor of that federal bill, along with Senator Blumenthal.


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