Members of the state assembly announced yesterday (March 4) the passage of legislation that will expand current requirements on the safe storage of guns, especially in households with children.
Under current law, safe storage of guns is only required if a person living in the household is federally prohibited from owning a gun, but not if there are children in the house.
The new bill would require that all guns are safely stored whenever they’re not in possession of their owner. Not properly doing so with now be a class A misdemeanor.
It would also require licensing officers to provide notice about safe storage of firearms. In addition, people, firms or businesses who sell firearms, rifles or shutguns would be required to conspicuously post notification of safe storage laws where guns are displayed or transferred to the buyer.
The proposal will now head to Governor Cuomo’s desk for approval.
A 2017 study from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that between 2012 and 2014, on average nearly 1,300 children die and 5,790 are treated for gunshot wounds each year. Of these, 53 percent were homicides, 38 percent were suicides and six percent were unintentional deaths.