Steele introduces bill to curb gun-related injuries to minors
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Victoria Steele, D-Tucson (District 9), recently introduced a bill intended to help curb the number of children injured by guns in Arizona.
HB 2542 would make it a class one misdemeanor for a person to leave a loaded firearm in an unsecured area to which a child would have access. If a person leaves a firearm in an unsecured area and a child fatally injures himself or another, that person would face a class three felony. Similarly if the child injures himself or another, the adult responsible would face a class four felony.
“This bill encourages common-sense gun ownership,” Steele said. “The bottom line is, if an adult leaves a loaded weapon where a child can get to it, that adult should be held responsible. We’ve seen too many children injured or killed because they found a loaded weapon. That has to stop.”
To see a full copy of the bill, go to http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=HB2542&Session_ID=112.