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Parents of teen who shot himself seek gun law changes

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The parents of a 15-year-old Connecticut boy who prosecutors say died after accidentally shooting himself in a friend's home want tougher firearms storage laws.

Mike and Kristen Song appeared Tuesday with Democratic Rep. Sean Scanlon of Guilford, who plans to introduce "Ethan's Law" in honor of the couple's late son. The legislation would require all firearms, not just loaded firearms, to be stored properly.

Current state law requires only loaded firearms to be properly stored if a minor is likely to gain access to them.

A prosecutor says criminal charges against gun owner were not warranted under Connecticut's current law because there was no evidence the stored gun was loaded before the shooting.

A juvenile was charged this week with manslaughter in connection with the Jan. 31 incident.

Ethan Song of Guilford was 15.


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