Bill incentivizing gun owners to secure firearms addresses public health concern
The video of a 4-year-old
The boy's father,
We couldn't agree more, which is why we are intrigued by House Bill 1347, authored by state Rep.
It's troubling that access to firearms is so easy for children in the
Of those who died, 52% were murdered, 40% died from suicide by gun and 5% were killed unintentionally.
Research funded by the
"The findings support safe storage of guns," the authors wrote. But as the analysis points out, "there are no federal laws requiring safe storage of guns, and no federal standards for firearm locks."
In America today, firearms outnumber people. Of the 332 million
"Parents play a key role in developing safe practices and are ultimately responsible for the behavior and safety of their children," the
We believe state lawmakers should consider legislation mandating all firearms be securely stored in a locked gun safe so they can't be accessed by curious children. Hoosiers must have proof of insurance after purchasing a vehicle. Why shouldn't it be compulsory for gun owners to safely store their firearms in their homes?
Critics of the legislation could argue that all taxpayers should not have to subsidize gun owners for safety training or equipment. But Lucas' HB 1347 is a start. By providing a carrot to gun owners in the form of tax credits, more
Even the most diligent gun-owning parents can't hope to watch their children every second of every day, which is why safe use and storage is critical for all Hoosier residents.
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