Several bills are making their way through the Connecticut legislature dealing with state gun laws. One of the bill is titled Ethan's Law. It requires loaded and unloaded firearms to be safely stored in homes occupied by minors under age 18. Violators could be criminally charged under the measure.
Current law only addresses loaded firearms, and if a minor is likely to gain access to it without the permission of a parent or guardian.
Lawmakers are again considering a proposal to ban so-called ghost guns, which can be 3D printed, and include no serial number. It stems from a concern that they'd be impossible to trace if used in a crime. Another bill would require firearms to be stored in a locked container when left in an unattended vehicle.
Republican Representative Vincent Candelora, who has not backed gun-control bills before, but says Ethan's Law came from a bipartisan discussion.
Connecticut Citizens Defense League President Scott Wilson says lawmakers instead should be looking into the root cause of violence and not the crimes associated with it. He says everyone wants a safer environment, but making it harder for law abiding citizens to possess firearms is the wrong approach. Wilson says lawmakers are misdirecting their focus because it's people who steal guns and commit violence, not inanimate objects.