Nicholas Naumkin was 12 when he was unintentionally shot and killed by a friend.

Nicholas Naumkin was 12 when he was unintentionally shot and killed by a friend.

New York State’s proposed Child Access Prevention/Safe Storage bill, A8293, has been named “Nicholas’s Bill,” after 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin. In December, 2010, Nicholas, of Saratoga Springs, New York, died after being  shot by a friend who was playing with his father’s unlocked gun.

Nicholas–who loved acting, drawing and computer animation–was at his friend’s home playing video games that afternoon.  The boys were alone when they discovered a 9 mm handgun–loaded and unlocked–that was owned by the friend’s dad.

Then Nicholas was shot in the head and pronounced dead at Albany Medical Center.

The gun owner pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and paid a $250 fine.

While New York State has some of the strongest gun laws in the nation, it has no child access prevention (CAP)/safe storage law  requiring safe storage of guns when children are present.

Child Access Prevention Law Needed for New York State

Nicholas’s Bill, which has been introduced in the New York State Assembly, would require the safe storage of all guns not in the immediate possession or control of the gun owner, either in a safe storage depository or with a locking device, to prevent access by children and others who should not have access to themThe law would prevent gun injuries and deaths by limiting children’s access to guns. The passage of Nicholas’s Bill is NYAGV’s number one legislative priority for 2014.

The need for a CAP Law is real: In the U.S., one third of households with children under 18 contain firearms. And nearly 2 million children live in homes where guns are loaded and unlocked.

Read more: Read here about A8293, Nicholas’s Bill.

Take action: Click here and find out how you can take action to support A8293, Nicholas’s Bill.