The New York State Assembly passed Nicholas’s Law, A.53, on June 16, requiring gun owners to lock up their guns when they are not in their immediate possession or control in order to prevent unintentional shootings, suicides and gun thefts. Nicholas’s Law is named for 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin, who in December 2010 was fatally shot while playing with his friend who found his father’s unlocked and loaded handgun.
Oksana Naumkin, Nicholas’s mother, said, “I applaud the State Assembly’s vote today passing Nicholas’s Law, which will prevent future tragedies such as the one that devastated our family. Nothing will bring Nicholas back to us. But with today’s vote, we are a step closer to enacting a statewide law that will mean other families will not have to endure our ongoing pain. Now it is the Senate’s responsibility to act. We are not going away. We will continue to fight for Nicholas’s Law until it is the law of the State of New York.”
Senate Action Needed