HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Connecticut's governor urged lawmakers to vote on stronger gun laws.
Gov. Ned Lamont spoke at an event for Connecticut Gun Violence Advocacy Day around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
The event was co-hosted by several organizations, including the Newtown Action Alliance and the Sandy Hook Promise.
Beforehand, volunteers delivered more than 1,000 signed petitions and met directly with lawmakers to talk about legislation.
They addressed Ethan's law, which would strengthen laws about firearms storage, a law banning undetectable and untraceable guns, and a law aimed at making owners of pistols and revolvers store their weapons in a locked container when they leave the guns in an unattended vehicle.
Many feel the laws are not enough, and they said guns are too easy to get.
"If that gun in Greenwich was locked up, I wouldn't be standing here as a survivor," said Tara Donnelly, whose parents were killed in a Fairfield jewelry store.
They were shot by Chris Dimeo who stole an unsecured gun while robbing a home.
"That is something that is going to stop and that's what this bill will do," Lamont said.
Lawmakers are considering a few bills.
One bans so-called "ghost guns" and 3D printed guns, where unserialized and unregistered parts are sold on the internet.
Gamel Dawkins' 12-year-old brother Clinton was killed in December, standing in front of their Bridgeport home.
"My family took a tragic loss due to gun violence, it's something we're trying to combat," Dawkins said.
Another bill is named after Kristin Song's son Ethan, who was 15 when he accidentally shot himself with a gun owned by his friend's father.
The gun was not loaded but was stored in a cardboard box with ammunition.
That bill requires all weapons to be locked up.
While Democrats are pushing for these laws, some Republicans are on board.
"It's an emotionally charged issue but its an opportunity to bring everyone into a room to have a conversation," said Republican State Rep.
The group "Moms Demand Action" feels Connecticut must pass common sense gun laws.
"New technology is incredible, you can get in faster to a safe than your cell phone. That would have saved my son's life," Kristin Song said.
Another bill would prohibit people leaving guns loaded or not in an unattended car.