Tighter gun laws on table

Tighter gun laws on table

Gun Rights

HARTFORD — The legislature’s Judiciary Committee spent 14 hours Monday hearing comments on a series of gun-related bills that among them would require people to show their open-carry permits, prohibit so-called “ghost guns,” and add criminal penalties to existing laws regarding safe storage of firearms. “Children are dying each day due to access to an unsecured firearm,” said Kristin Song, who son Ethan died in 2018 after accidentally shooting himself with a gun at a friend’s house. “It’s in our power to fix this.” The proposal that’s come to be known as “Ethan’s Law” would require the safe storage of all firearms, loaded or unloaded, in homes with a child younger than 18 years old. If a minor were to injure or kill a person with a gun that was not safely stored, the owner of the gun would face a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. 300×250 image ad Kristin and Michael Song testified before the committee Monday, urging its members to support increasing penalties. Under current law, criminal penalties can be applied only when a loaded gun is not safely stored. But Rep. Timothy Ackert, R-Coventry, along with other gun rights advocates, said that if the law were to be changed, it should include an educational provision that would help teach children about the safe use of firearms. Michael Song said his son was being taught by a “secret gun instructor,” without the knowledge of Ethan’s parents. “The […]

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