HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Connecticut's governor signed two new gun safety laws into effect on Friday.

A ceremony was held at noon at the state capitol. 

The first law is a ban on so-called "ghost guns." The second is on safely storing firearms in vehicles.

Once signed, the laws go into effect on Oct. 1.

Lamont said the bills are specifically being signed on Friday because the day is also National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

Ghost guns are considered firearms in which people buy untraceable parts and assemble the gun at home. The parts can be made with a 3D printer.

In a statement President of the CCDL (Connecticut Citizens Defense League) Scott Wilson said "The so-called 'Ghost Gun Law' (Public Act 19-6) makes it very hard for people who traditionally build firearms to be able to do so. There are already numerous laws at both the state and federal level that are supposed to prevent criminals from possessing firearms. Violent criminals will simply continue to steal guns the same way that they have been doing all along."

As far as the vehicle storage law is concerned, the bill requires handguns to be locked in a safe, which is then placed in a trunk or locked in a glove box when the vehicle is unattended.

Wilson issued a statement on that as well, saying "The Motor Vehicle Storage Law(Public Act 19-7) does nothing to disincentivize criminals from attempting to steal firearms. The act simply punishes a victim of a crime. While gun owners need to be responsible with their firearms, this measure is a completely illogical approach."

Lawmakers also passed a third law, known as Ethan's Law, which requires loaded and unloaded firearms to be safely stored in homes with people under the age of 18. That law is expected to be signed by Lamont next week.

Democrats said the recently ended legislative session was productive. However, there's still plenty of unfinished business including tolls and sports betting.

"What you want is good paying jobs, not just [for] you, but a place your kids have a real opportunity and I know you're not going to be able to do that without fixing transportation," Lamont said.

"Gun violence prevention is needed everywhere, not just in Hartford," said Debra Davis, Moms United Against Violence. 

There may need to be a couple of special sessions for lawmakers to reach an agreement on tolls and sports betting.

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(1) comment

Jules Winnfield

Common sense laws that don't affect the real inner-city gun violence in CT. Responsible gun owners lock their guns in house and vehicles already. These laws just allow further prosecution to the idiots that don't.

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