gun-in-drawerA child’s access to a gun once again resulted in tragedy yesterday, this time in a Florida home. An argument between brothers turned deadly when a 12-year-old-boy shot and killed his 6-year-old brother, shot and injured his 16-year-old brother, then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. (Read the news report here.)

It is not yet known how the boy obtained the gun used in the shooting. But heartbreaking tragedies like this happen too often in our country, where one out of three homes owns a gun. Guns in the home–rather than being used for self-defense–are 22 times more likely to be involved in accidental shootings, homicides, or suicide attempts. Too often, children are the victims.

Guns must be locked up and kept out of the reach of children.

Nicholas Naumkin

New York Needs a Safe Storage Law

Despite New York’s strong gun laws, the state has no law requiring the child access prevention/safe storage.  NYAGV is advocating for the enactment of A.53/S.2291, Nicholas’s Law: The Child Access Prevention or Safe Weapon Storage Act, which would require the  safe storage of guns not in the immediate possession of the owner. The law is named for 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin (shown right), who was unintentionally hot and killed by a friend playing with his father’s gun.

Please click here to take action to help us pass Nicholas’s Law.

Download NYAGV’s new brochure, “Protecting Children and Teens from Guns in the Home.”