Gun owners may face charges for the unsafe storage of firearms, courtesy of another nanny state bill introduced in Olympia on Monday. Introduced by Democrat Rep. Ruth Kagi, House Bill 1747 concerns “the protection of children through responsible storage of firearms.” It includes:
“Unsafe storage of firearms can have devastating consequences for children in and out of the home and in the community. The legislature intends by this act to establish standards for the responsible storage of firearms to reduce the accidental gun injury and death of young children gaining access to unsafely stored guns, to reduce adolescent suicide, and to prevent youth from accessing unsafely stored firearms to cause harm in the community.
According to the Everett Herald:
The bill creates a crime of child endangerment due to unsafe storage of a firearm. A person could be found guilty of a gross misdemeanor if a child uses the firearm to cause personal injury or death. The person could be charged with a misdemeanor if the child displays the gun in a public place or in an angry and threatening manner, or discharges the gun.
Exclusions include a child who’s using a gun with the permission of and under the supervision of a parent. Also, the adult won’t be charged if the juvenile obtains the gun illegally.
The bill includes these requirements:
When selling any firearm, every dealer shall offer to sell or give the purchaser a locked box, a lock, or a device that prevents the firearm from discharging.
Every store, shop, every store, shop, or sales outlet where firearms are sold, that is registered as a dealer in firearms with the department of licensing, shall conspicuously post, in a prominent location so that all patrons may take notice, the following warning sign, to be provided by the department of licensing, in block letters at least one inch in height:
“YOU MAY FACE CRIMINAL PROSECUTION IF YOU STORE OR LEAVE AN UNSECURED FIREARM WHERE A CHILD CAN AND DOES OBTAIN POSSESSION.
The same written warning applies to a sale or transfer of a firearm.
The bill was introduced by Democratic state busybody Rep. Ruth Kagi. Does she really think all gun owners and firearms dealers are morons?
Kagi represents the 32nd Legislative District. In case you’re wondering, her endorsements include: Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, the Sierra Club, Washington State Labor Council, Washington Alliance for Humane Legislation (whatever the h-e-double hockey sticks that means), and the Progressive Majority Washington PAC.
You can contact Rep. Kagi at: 308 John L. O’Brien Building, PO Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504. Phone: (360) 786 – 7910 or by email.
Remember your manners. Don’t make me use my Mommy voice.
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