Another State Is Looking to Criminalize Improper Firearm Storage
By Erika Haas
Kentucky State Representative Jim Wayne (D-Louisville) has pre-filed a bill for the 2018 legislative session. His first order of business: making it a crime to improperly store your firearm when children are present.
According to the Lexington Herald Leader, the bill would require firearm owners to use a gun safe or a gun lock when minors (a.k.a anyone under age 18) are in the home.
Failure to do so, resulting in the minor gaining access to the firearm, would be a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail. If the minor actually uses the firearm to harm or kill themselves or someone else, then it becomes a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail.
“We’ve had a number of children killed because they were playing with guns that adults left out here in Louisville. It’s just a terrible tragedy,” Wayne said in a statement Thursday. “Guns are everywhere now. We’re flooded with guns. And people are so casual about where they leave them.”
Source:: Bearing Arms