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Nine-month-old Corbin was shot and killed by his five-year-old brother using his grandfather’s unlocked and loaded gun.

Three families recently suffered the tragic deaths of their small children in incidents of unintentional shootings, reminding us of the dangers of unlocked and loaded guns and the need to keep guns out of the reach of children.

A five-year old child in Missouri shot and killed his nine-month-old brother with his grandfather’s gun. A two-year-old Florida boy playing with his father’s gun fatally shot himself in the chest. And a three-year-old boy was shot and killed in another unintentional shooting in his Michigan home.

“I don’t know why someone would have a loaded gun in the house while kids were around.”

In the Missouri case, according to NBC News, the mother said her loss should be a warning to others to protect children from firearms. She said she had no idea that her father kept a loaded pistol in the home where she and the children were visiting. “I didn’t know it was there until I turned around and saw it laying on the bed,” she said. “I don’t know why someone would have a loaded gun in the house while kids were around.”

Nicholas’s Law

Preventing child access to guns would have prevented these terrible deaths and many others–which is why NYAGV is working to enact Nicholas’s Law in New York State. Nicholas’s Law is all about gun owner responsibility: It would require the  safe storage of guns not in the immediate possession of the owner. Safe storage laws save lives by reducing accidental shootings and suicides and also by preventing theft of guns that end up in the illegal market.

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Please help us pass Nicholas’s Law and prevent child gun deaths and injuries: