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H.R. 748 (117th): Ethan’s Law

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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 …

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Rosa DeLauro

Sponsor. Representative for Connecticut's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 3, 2021
Length: 9 pages
Feb 3, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 3, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


211 Cosponsors (211 Democrats)



Feb 3, 2021

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H.R. 748 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 748. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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