PROBLEM: Researchers have found that millions of children live in homes with easily accessible guns. The presence of unlocked guns in the home increases the risk of accidental gun injuries, intentional shootings and suicides. New York State currently has no law specifically penalizing a person who enables a child to access a firearm.
SOLUTION: Child access prevention (CAP) laws to impose criminal liability on adults who negligently leave firearms accessible to children or otherwise allow children access to firearms. Child access prevention laws have been shown to be effective at reducing unintentional firearm deaths among children. Click here for more information on Child Access Prevention studies and laws.