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Bill tightening gun storage law clears committee

HARTFORD  — Legislation stemming from the death of a Guilford teen who accidentally shot himself in the head has cleared a key legislative hurdle.

The Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 34-4 in favor of “Ethan’s Law,” drafted in response to the death of 15-year-old Ethan Song, who shot himself in the head with a handgun owned by his friend’s father in January 2018.

The bill requires loaded and unloaded firearms to be safely stored in homes where there are minors under the age of 18. Current law only requires loaded firearms to be stored properly if there’s a likelihood a minor could gain access.

Ethan’s parents sat in the committee room during the committee vote.

New Haven Rep. Patricia Dillon, a Democrat, thanked the couple for turning their pain into something good.

The bill waits House action.

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