A nine-year old boy shot himself in the hand with a gun he found in a flower pot.

A nine-year old boy shot himself in the hand with a gun he found in a flower pot.

Flower pots usually bring beauty to a neighborhood–but not in the case of the flower pot with the hidden gun. A nine-year-old boy shot himself in the hand after discovering the gun hidden in a flower pot found between two homes in Albany, NY. The gun is believed to have been a “community gun”–a gun hidden and shared by a group of people who use it when needed and then return it to a “secret” spot.

This incident draws attention not only to the dangers of community guns and child access to guns–after all, the boy could have shot himself in the head instead of the hand–but also the need of stronger federal gun laws to reduce gun trafficking.

Leah Gunn Barrett, Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, commented, “The New York SAFE Act helps cut down on illegal gun trafficking by requiring background checks on all gun sales in New York State. But until we have strong federal laws that increase penalties for gun trafficking as well as background checks for all gun sales, we will continue to see illegal guns flowing into our communities from out of state, killing and injuring New Yorkers.” (Read the full NYAGV statement here.)

The latest FBI data shows that 68% of crime guns recovered in New York State originate from states with weak gun laws such as Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida and Georgia.

An Albany flower pot may have served as "secret spot" for a community gun.

An Albany flower pot may have served as “secret spot” for a community gun.

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Child Access to Guns

Accidental Shootings

NYAGV statement on community guns and gun trafficking

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