Many people believe the number of tragic youth shootings and suicides in our nation could be significantly reduced by making guns less accessible to children. Each year, about 1,500 American children under 18 are killed and thousands more injured in accidental shootings. About a third of all families with children now keep a gun in the house. Gun safety advocates warn us that guns should be kept unloaded and stored in safes or securely locked away at home. Many parents believe their children are unaware of where they keep their guns. However, studies have shown that most children over 11 know where their parents store their guns and ammunition. We often hear of small children tragically shooting themselves or their siblings with family-owned guns. In Kansas, a seven-year-old boy fatally shot himself in the head with his father’s handgun during a shooting trip. A six-year-old Florida girl was critically wounded after being shot by her 13-year-old brother while they were home alone. A three-year-old toddler in Arizona fatally shot himself in the face with a gun he had found in his grandmother’s handbag. Safety advocates say gun manufacturers should provide storage and lock devices when selling a firearm. Technology has now made available personalized firearm locks to prevent unauthorized use. These locks, built into the weapon, include push-button combination locks and locks that identify fingerprints, voice or a bracelet worn by the weaponâ€™s owner. One manufacturer offers guns equipped with this type of lock but when a dealer attempted to market it, second amendment supporters quickly convinced him not to.
H.R.65 – Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current child access to guns policy and wish to defeat H.R.65
I support raising the handgun eligibility age to 21 and prohibiting those under 21 from possessing semiautomatic assault weapons or large capacity ammunition feeding devices; increasing penalties for a second violation by a juvenile for an act that, if committed by an adult, would be a serious violent felony; prohibits any licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer from transferring a firearm to any consumer unless the transferee is provided with a secure gun storage or safety device; prohibits keeping a loaded firearm or an unloaded firearm and ammunition within any premises knowing or recklessly disregarding the risk that a child is capable of gaining access to it, and wish to pass H.R.65