A CT gun safety measure, Ethan’s Law, is before Congress

A CT gun safety measure, Ethan’s Law, is before Congress

Kristin Song held a photo of Ethan at the bill signing in 2019 A federal version of Ethan’s Law, a bipartisan gun-storage safety measure that easily passed in Connecticut two years ago, could offer an early test of how gun legislation might fare in the new Congress. Michael and Kristin Song of Guilford, whose 15-year-old son’s accidental shooting death was the impetus for the Connecticut law, and all seven members of the state’s congressional delegation joined in a video conference Wednesday to renew their campaign for a federal version. Ethan’s Law made a relatively modest change in state firearms laws, which already had required loaded guns to be safely locked if available to a minor child. It extended the provision to unloaded weapons and expanded the definition of a minor from 16 to 18. Kristen Song characterized the bill as a child safety measure, not gun control. She likened it to federal consumer safety laws requiring seat belts and car seats — a comparison that might ease passage, while blunting its value as a test of more controversial gun measures. “We’ve never viewed it as a Second Amendment [issue]. We’ve never tried to get into the mix of all the gun legislation,” she said. “We viewed it simply as a life saving legislation for children, period.” With Democrats controlling the Senate calendar for the first time in six years, advocates of universal background checks for the purchase of firearms say they will get a floor vote on that issue. […]

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