New Yorkers Against Gun Violence is pleased to report that S7822–the Senate version of  Nicholas’s Law–was introduced in the New York State  Senate on June 12.

Nicholas’s Law–NYAGV’s legislative priority–would require safe storage of guns not in the immediate possession of the owner. Introduced in the Senate by State Senator Jeffrey Klein of the Bronx, the bill has also been introduced in the Assembly by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, as A8293.

NYAGV’s statement on the bill for Nicholas’s Law:

NYAGV strongly supports Nicholas’s Law (A.8293 and S.7822) which is about gun owner responsibility and saving lives. Keeping guns away from kids is common sense and the responsible thing to do. We know that safe storage laws save lives by reducing accidental shootings and suicides and also preventing theft of guns that end up in the illegal market. Members of the military and law enforcement understand this which is why they are required to store their guns safely. Shouldn’t civilian gun owners do the same?

At a press conference introducing the Senate bill, Alexandria Boden–sister of Michael Graham, who killed himself with his father’s unlocked and loaded gun–commented about the bill, “It’s important because if the gun had been locked away from the hands of my 13-year-old brother, he would still be here.” Boden, a Bronx resident, has been working with NYAGV to advocate for Nicholas’s Law.

Nicholas Naumkin

Nicholas Naumkin

Nicholas’s Law is named for 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin, who was shot and killed in 2010 by a friend playing with his father’s unlocked and loaded gun.

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