Langevin Joins Members of Congress to Introduce Safe Gun Storage Bill

May 21, 2019 Issues: Children and Families, Gun Safety

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) joined members of Congress and advocates to introduce safe gun storage legislation in the House of Representatives. The bill honors the memory of Ethan Song, a Guilford, CT, teenager who accidentally shot himself with an unsecured gun in early 2018. Ethan’s Law would set federal standards for safe gun storage, as well as give states incentives to create and implement safe gun storage laws.

“As someone whose life was forever changed by an accidental gunshot, this issue is personal to me,” said Congressman Jim Langevin who last Congress introduced the Child Gun Access Prevention Act to protect children from unsecured firearms. “The reforms in this bill are commonsense, non-partisan, and supported by the majority of gun owners. Most importantly, they will protect our children. I applaud Congresswoman DeLauro and Senator Blumenthal for introducing this legislation in honor of their constituent, Ethan Song, and I look forward to working with them to get it passed.”

“What happened to Ethan Song was tragic. No parent should have to lose their child because of an unsecured gun, and that is what Ethan’s Law is about,” said Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). “I am proud to join Mike and Kristin Song, whose dedication and strength knows no bounds, in this fight. 4.6 million children live in homes with at least one gun that is loaded and unlocked. That means millions of kids are at risk to endure the same heartbreak. We cannot let that happen. Safe gun storage is a bipartisan issue on which we can all agree. And we must: our children’s lives depend on it.”

“Not a single person on earth can change the past, but every one of us can change the future,” said Mike and Kristin Song, parents of Ethan Song. “We are here to keep kids safe and honor Ethan’s life.”

“What happened to Kristin and Mike Song is literally a parent’s worst nightmare,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). “Ethan’s death was tragic, needless, and senseless. I’ve been with the Song family on the green in Guilford, in the snow, in Fairfield, Connecticut, and all around the state as they have told their story – reliving their pain so that it would produce some common sense. Responsible gun owners already abide by these rules right now. Connecticut is at the forefront of this effort, but state laws around the country are inconsistent and contradictory – that’s why we need a federal standard.”

“Encouraging safe storage practices will save many lives by keeping firearms away from children and dangerous individuals,” said Po Murray, Chairwoman of Newtown Action Alliance and Board Member of States United to Prevent Gun Violence. “We spent yesterday meeting with Republican offices and we all agreed that gun storage is a requirement for responsible gun ownership. It’s time for all Members of Congress—Democrats and Republicans—to unite to pass Ethan’s Law.”