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November 22, 2019

Politics

Connecticut has passed new laws to regulate the purchase of firearm parts and the storage of guns in homes and vehicles.
Connecticut has passed new laws to regulate the purchase of firearm parts and the storage of guns in homes and vehicles.

Here's What New CT Gun Safety Measures Will Do

Three new gun safety bills have been signed into law to reduce shooting deaths in Connecticut.

Before a recent bill-signing ceremony, Gov. Ned Lamont recounted getting a call in January about the random shooting death of a 12-year-old boy on the front porch of his Bridgeport home.

“It’s not just a couple of laws that I have the opportunity to sign, it is a movement,” Lamont said during the ceremony at the state Capitol in Hartford.

Ethan’s Law calls for the safe storage of firearms in households where children under 18 years old are present. The law is named after Ethan Song, a Guilford teenager who accidentally shot and killed himself in January, Violators can be charged with a Class D felony and face jail time.

Another new law prohibits gun owners from leaving a handgun in an unattended motor vehicle unless the firearm is locked in the trunk, a glove compartment or a securely locked safe. A first offense is a misdemeanor crime punishable by up to one year in prison. A second offense is a Class D felony.

The third new law regulates so-called "ghost guns." Untraceable parts for the firearms can be purchased online and assembled at home. Anyone who violates the bill’s firearms provisions may be found guilty of a Class C felony.

Gun control advocates said requiring handguns to be secured in homes and unattended vehicles would eliminate a major source of illegal weapons and help prevent accidental shootings, mass shootings, other crimes and suicides.