Friday, January 31, 2014

Steele introduces bill to curb gun-related injuries to minors

 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.”

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