Hearing on gun bills packed as lawmakers discuss several bills

Hearing on gun bills packed as lawmakers discuss several bills

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Advocates for gun rights and gun control packed a legislative hearing on several firearms bills. The Judiciary Committee’s hearing happened at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Monday at 10 a.m. The proposals discussed brought on a flood of written testimony. A news conference about one particular bill involving safe gun storage happened at 9:30 a.m. It is meant to toughen gun storage laws following the death of a 15-year-old boy in Guilford. “What Ethan’s Law does is a very simple thing," said Rep. Sean Scanlon, a Democrat representing Guilford. "It ensures that every single firearm, whether it’s loaded or unloaded is safely stored if it’s in a home or in reach of a minor.” Police said Ethan Song accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun owned by his friend’s father. “Here’s what I’d love to do," said Mike Song, Ethan’s father. "I’d love to get up in the morning, go downstairs, wait for the kids to come down, have breakfast with them, give them a hug and tell them that I love them. I can’t do that with Ethan now.” Ethan’s parents were among those at the news conference prior to the hearing. They, along with Mark Barden whose son was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, showed support for the safe gun storage bill. The Connecticut Citizens Defense League issued a statement in which it acknowledged the tragedy that struck Ethan’s family. "We oppose the present language [of […]

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