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S. 190: 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 …

Sponsor and status

Richard Blumenthal

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Connecticut. Democrat.

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

Introduced on Feb 3, 2021

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21 Cosponsors (20 Democrats, 1 Independent)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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Senators Collins, Smith Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Care for Americans with Serious Mental Illnesses
    — Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME] on Oct 27, 2021

Scalise, St. Tammany Leaders Announce $5 Million in House Bill for New U.S. 190 Bridge in Covington
    — Rep. Steve Scalise [R-LA1] on Jul 20, 2021

Fleischmann Highlights Concerning Mental Health Numbers
    — Rep. Charles “Chuck” Fleischmann [R-TN3] on Mar 11, 2021

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Feb 3, 2021

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