New bill pushes stricter penalties for improper gun storage around minors

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As the national conversation over gun control and gun safety continues, lawmakers here in Ohio are taking aim at gun laws, pushing for stricter penalties if gun-owners let their weapons fall into the wrong hands.

It’s called the Child Gun Safety Act.

It would punish gun-owners for improperly storing guns or leaving them unattended, around children and minors. Gun-owners could even face felony charges – if a minor uses the weapon to injure or kill.

It was introduced by democratic senators Vernon Skyes and Charleta Tavares.

“If we choose as adults to have these weapons in our possession, we have a responsibility to protect the children who are curious and who may come in contact with that weapon and hurt themselves and hurt others,” Tavares said.

Punishments would range from a misdemeanor to even a felony, if a minor gains access to a firearm and uses it to injure or kill.

Dana Tackett of Miami Valley Shooting Grounds told me although he’s not quite onboard with penalties, promoting responsible gun ownership is a great idea.

“If I’m a father and my seven year old son gets a hold of my gun and someone ends up injuring himself or even killing himself, I think I’ve been punished enough,” Tackett said.

He said gun safety is something he promotes inside his store, daily.

He demonstrated how the safes work – including some that only work with certain fingerprints or key fobs allow gun-owners to quickly access their weapons, but no one else.

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