NYAGV applauds the New York State Assembly and Senate for their passage on March 4 of the Child Access Prevention bill. Governor Cuomo is expected to sign the bill, which requires gun owners who live with children, or who know a child could gain access to their gun, to safely store their weapons when not in their immediate possession or control.

Unlocked guns in the home increase the risk of accidental gun injuries, intentional shootings, school shootings, suicides, and gun thefts. Child Access Prevention laws have been shown to reduce and prevent these gun-related tragedies.

Rebecca Fischer, NYAGV Executive Director, said, “Today, New York State has again made it a priority to protect our children and communities by passing this sensible gun violence prevention legislation. New Yorkers Against Gun Violence has been fighting for many years for a child access prevention law in New York State to prevent unintentional shootings, teen suicides, school shootings, and gun thefts.

Nicholas Naumkin

Oksana Naumkin, whose 12-year-old son Nicholas (shown right) was unintentionally shot and killed by a friend who was playing with an unlocked and loaded gun, said, “I am glad that we are now able to honor Nicholas’s memory as he would never have had it any other way. We look forward to seeing Governor Cuomo sign this life-saving bill so that no other family has to live with the pain my family will live with for the rest of our lives.”

More about New York’s Child Access Prevention Bill —S2450 (Krueger)/ A2686A (Paulin): 

New York State’s Child Access Prevention legislation would require that, in households with children and individuals prohibited from possessing a gun by federal or state law, all guns are safely stored when not in possession of the gun owner. In homes with children, failure to safely store guns would be a class A misdemeanor.  Individuals would also be required to safely store their guns when children are present in their homes, even if the children do not reside there. The bill would also require licensing offices to provide notice about safe storage.  In addition, people, firms or businesses who sell firearms, rifles, or shotguns would be required to conspicuously post notification of safe storage laws where guns are displayed or transferred to the buyer.

NYAGV Press Release

Click here to read NYAGV’s press release, “NYAGV Applauds New York State Legislature for Passing Child Access Prevention Legislation To Prevent Gun Violence.”