Ethan’s Law passes US House on gun control bill


Far-reaching gun control legislation was passed by the US House of Representatives on Wednesday, which includes the CT’s Ethan Law.

CONNECTICUT, USA – The United States House of Representatives has passed a gun control bill called “Protecting Our Children” after lawmakers came under intense pressure to act on the recent shootings of mass.

Part of this bill included Connecticut’s Ethan Law, which is becoming a national standard.

The United States House of Representatives voted 223 to 204 to pass the sweeping package of gun control laws.

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Ethan’s Law was passed in Connecticut in 2019. Also known as HB-7218, it would require that a firearm, loaded or unloaded, be properly stored so that persons under 18 do not cannot access the firearm.

This bill was prompted by the tragic death of 15-year-old Ethan Song, who accidentally shot himself and committed suicide with a gun that had been left in a cardboard box at a friend’s house in 2018 .

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Since then, Ethan’s parents, Mike and Kristin Song, have been the faces of gun safety and reform.

“There are already so many assault rifles in our country and so safe storage plays such a complex role in reducing suicides, unintentional deaths like our son,” said Kristin Song, Ethan Song’s mother. .

The next challenge is getting this federal bill through the US Senate, as it has faced widespread GOP opposition to stricter gun controls.

“This tragedy is repeated every day in America, but now the country is starting to focus on the idea that new gun safes open at the speed of a smartphone and we can save hundreds, even thousands of lives, preventing shootings and suicides in schools. well just having a policy that if there are children around, we lock the guns, ”said Mike Song, the father of ‘Ethan Song.

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Rep. Steve Staffstrom said this bill shouldn’t even be moot.

“I know Senator Murphy is working very hard to try to find consensus on this issue and I really hope we can put partisan politics aside and do what’s right for our children and our citizens,” said the representing Staffrom.

Ethan’s mother said she went to the cemetery to see her son as soon as she learned that Ethan’s law would be included in the federal bill.

“Any time Republicans tell me it’s political, it’s not political. It’s personal,” added Kristin Song.

The Senate Chamber will need 60% of the vote to pass the bill, which means at least 10 Republicans will need to show their support.

Carmen Chau is an anchor and reporter at FOX61 News. She can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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