Gun control advocates celebrate as Lamont signs new bans

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There was a ceremonial signing today of Connecticut’s new gun control banning untraceable “ghost guns” and guns made by a 3-D printer.

New gun control laws actually took effect a few days ago. Lamont said the fatal shooting of Clinton Howell in Bridgeport made it clear to him that Connecticut had to do more on gun control.

Howell was just weeks away from becoming a teenager when he was gunned down in front of his own home in Bridgeport. Lamont was just weeks away from becoming Connecticut's next governor.

"I went down there to see the parents and see the family,” said Lamont. “It was like that -- the tragedy of it, the suddenness of it. The inexplicability, the wrongness of it."

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Anti-violence groups celebrated the bans as well as a new law forcing weapons to be secured inside a car.

“I lost my son in 2010 and I have not sat down since then,” said Debra Davis, of Moms United Against Violence. “I have been a fighter since that time and will continue, because I'm not just fighting for Phillip, I'm fighting for all the young people that we have lost."

Next year, gun control advocates hope to get a law passed on "smart guns" - weapons that require a fingerprint to fire.

The other big gun bill this legislative session was Ethan's Law, named after 15-year-old Ethan Song. Lamont will go to Song's hometown of Guilford to sign that law.

 
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