Posted on May 8, 2019 by jdooley
Bipartisan bill in memory of Guilford teen who died in accidental shooting
HARTFORD—State Reps. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Laura Devlin (R-134) on Tuesday supported legislation that would expand state law governing safe storage of firearms to cover unloaded guns.
This proposal will enhance the safety of children and teenagers who live in, or visit, a home where firearms are present and hopefully avoid other gun-related accidents,” said Rep. Kupchick. “Passing this common-sense safety measure will make it clear that safe storage of a firearm is an essential requirement.”
“This sensible legislation is the product of a bipartisan process that included input from informed stakeholders, from law enforcement to advocacy groups for gun owners and safe storage proponents. I am proud to support this bill,” said Rep. Devlin.
The legislation, branded “Ethan’s Law,” was initiated by parents of Ethan Song, a Guilford teenager who died tragically in an accidental shooting in early 2018.
Current law requires only that loaded firearms are stored safely when children 16 and under are present in the home. In addition to expanding the law to cover unloaded firearms, the new legislation (H.B. 7218) would increase the age to 18.
Additionally, the bill requires the state’s Department of Education to develop gun safety curriculum for grades K through 12 and make it available for school districts to use.
The bill passed the House by a 127 to 16 vote and now awaits action in the State Senate.