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Comprehensive Report Gives State Legislators and Activists Concrete Strategies and Policy Frameworks to Pass Laws that Save Kids’ Lives
Almost 1.7 million children under the age of 18 live in homes with loaded, unlocked firearms.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Americans for Responsible Solutions are proud to release the latest in a series of Commonsense Solutions toolkits—this installment addresses the urgent need to keep children safe from firearms in the home.
Commonsense Solutions: State Gun Laws to Protect Kids from Unintended Shootings is a comprehensive legal resource for state legislators and activists that offers detailed proposals for smart gun laws and in-home best practices to keep kids from accessing firearms. Recommendations include secure locking methods, warning labels, and child access prevention laws, which hold adults liable when children gain access to deadly weapons.
A public service announcement video accompanies the toolkit, underscoring the critical need for smart gun laws focused on children and firearms. The PSA video was produced by Rania Hattar and directed by Anthony Wilson, and can be viewed here: https://lawcenter.giffords.org/kids-and-guns
Too many families have needlessly suffered the devastation of a child lost to a poorly stored gun. Almost 1.7 million children under the age of 18 live in homes with loaded, unlocked firearms, making them 16 times more likely to be killed in unintentional shootings than in other high-income countries. Commonsense requirements for gun storage and handling can protect the littlest among us from preventable tragedies.
“It is unacceptable that American children are 16 times more likely to die from unintended shootings than kids in other countries, especially given that these deaths are so easily preventable,” said Robyn Thomas, Executive Director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “Our latest Commonsense Solutions toolkit with ARS gives lawmakers and activists everything they need to adopt simple, lifesaving laws that will keep guns out of the hands of children.”
“Keeping guns locked up and out of reach from children is the commonsense thing to do. Too many children have accidentally shot and killed themselves, family members, or friends simply because a gun wasn’t safely stored. Many of these deaths could have been avoided if there were laws on the books to ensure guns were kept in safe and secure locations inside the home,” said Americans for Responsible Solutions Founder & 501(c)(4) Director Peter Ambler. “We hope that state legislators around the country can seize the opportunity in 2015 to help make our children and communities safer from gun violence.”
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has made addressing the deadly intersection of kids and guns one of its top policy priorities in 2015. The Law Center’s 22nd Anniversary Dinner, held June 18 in San Francisco, focused on smart gun laws that protect children. The event honored Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer for founding the organization Prosecutors Against Gun Violence and all their efforts to reduce gun violence against children.
To read more about the ways advocates and lawmakers can help protect our kids from gunfire, and to view the PSA, visit smartgunlaws.org/kids-and-guns
About the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Founded in the wake of the July 1, 1993, assault weapon massacre at 101 California Street in San Francisco that left eight dead and six wounded, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is now the premier resource for legal expertise and information regarding state and federal firearms laws. We track and analyze gun laws in all 50 states, file amicus briefs in Second Amendment cases across the country, and work with lawmakers and advocates to craft and promote legislation that will reduce gun violence and save lives. We regularly partner with other nonprofit organizations dedicated to combating the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and we invite you to explore our website, smartgunlaws.org, to learn more about our work.