On March 28, on a party line vote, Republicans on the New York State Senate Codes Committee voted down the Children’s Weapon Accident Prevention Act (S.2491), which would have helped to protected New York children from unintentional shootings.
Specifically, the bill would have made it a felony if a gun owner failed to safely store a loaded weapon and the gun was used by a child under 18 to kill or injure a child.
Twenty-eight states and Washington, DC, have various laws holding gun owners responsible for failure to properly secure a firearm. While New York State requires the purchase of a safety lock when purchasing a gun, there is currently no requirement to use the lock or to safely store the gun.
“You would think that protecting our kids from loaded weapons would be something we could all get behind, but apparently that is a bridge too far for my Republican colleagues,” said Senator Liz Krueger, one of the bill’s sponsors.
These are the Senators voted NO to S2491, and in doing so, left children open to the dangers of unlocked, loaded guns. Tell them you’re outraged with their vote!
NYAGV is advocating for a broader safe storage bill, Nicholas’s Law, which requires gun owners to lock up their guns when they are not in their immediate possession or control. Nicholas’s Law passed the Assembly last year and is expected to be voted on by the Senate later this spring.
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