About the bill
Critics say the bill includes people with temporary custody of a house like a babysitter or realtor, who might not even know a gun is present.
15-year-old Ethan Song of Guilford, Connecticut accidentally shot and killed himself when he and his friend played with a pistol kept in the friend’s father’s bedroom closet. An investigation later failed to prove the gun was loaded at the time, though the ammunition was kept in the same box as the weapon itself.
In 2019, Connecticut passed Ethan’s Law which mandates safety rules for storing a weapon in a home when a minor is present, by 34–2 in the state Senate and 127–16 in the state House. However, the ‘no’ votes voiced concern that the law could accidentally criminalize innocent people …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Connecticut's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.
Last Updated: Feb 3, 2021
Length: 9 pages
117th Congress (2021–2023)
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211 Cosponsors (211 Democrats)
What legislators are saying
“Courtney Votes to Protect American Kids by Curbing Gun Violence and Increasing Firearm Safety”
— Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 8, 2022
“Adams Urges Action at Gun Violence Event”
— Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC12] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 3, 2022
“One Year Later, Senator Marshall Reflects on Fight Against COVID-19”
— Sen. Roger Marshall [R-KS] on Jan 28, 2021
May 21, 2019
Earlier Version — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 2867 (116th).
Feb 3, 2021
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Jan 31, 2023
Reintroduced Bill — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 660.
H.R. 748 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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