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It was inevitable. Even if Virginia Beach hadn’t taken place on Friday, there was no chance that Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont wasn’t going to sign three gun control bills into law. The only question was how long would it take for him to break out his pen.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed three bills Monday that tighten gun control, including Ethan’s Law, which calls for the safe storage of firearms in households where children are present.
Lamont also signed a ban on “ghost guns,” which can be assembled at home by purchasing parts online, and a ban on storing unlocked guns in unattended vehicles.
The measures are all aimed at promoting gun safety in the state, and are acts Lamont previously applauded following their approval in the state House of Representatives.
“The overwhelming majority of Connecticut residents want us to close the gaping loopholes that allow guns to get into the wrong hands, and any measure that encourages safe gun storage to help keep children, residents, and families safe is an action I will always support,” Lamont said, after the House passed Ethan’s Law and the ban on ghost guns.
However, not everything within the bill was absolute garbage.
The bill also expands the age range for firearm safety programs to extend from kindergarten through grade 12, rather than grade eight. Lamont has supported the legislation since it was first introduced. It previously passed the House with a 127 to 16 vote.
I’ve advocated for firearm safety programs to be part of school curriculums. While this bill doesn’t go quite that far, it does put firearm safety in the schools at every grade level. Frankly, that will do far more to ensure the safety of kids than requiring parents to lock up their guns so they’re unable to access them in an emergency.
Of course, that’s where the hopes for anything non-stupid ends.
Banning “ghost guns” is beyond idiotic since the people you have to worry about are people who don’t care about the law in the first place. They may have to drive a bit further to get the parts in question. That’s at most.
The truth is, all of the parts are sold as replacement parts for existing weapons, except the lower receivers. All a “ghost gun” ban does is ban the selling of incomplete receivers that lack serial numbers. However, files exist out there that anyone with a CNC machine can mill one out of a block of aluminum all on their own. They don’t need a less than 80 percent receiver.
With the new law in place, the only people who will be doing that will be pretty much the very people the law is meant to thwart.
How many times do we have to explain to people like the legislators in Connecticut that criminals do not obey the law? It’s part of the job description, yet they keep creating rules that have, at best, only a minimal impact on the bad guys. Then again, it’s about all gun-grabbing politicians know how to do.