Sending Office: Honorable James R. Langevin
Cosponsor the Child Gun Access Prevention Act
Supported by Everytown for Gun Safety
Following the tragic shooting at Santa Fe High School last Friday, which claimed the lives of ten students and educators,
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick remarked, “every parent out there needs to understand, every gun owner…
you must control your guns at home and be sure they are locked up and kept away from others
getting your guns.” On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, the New York Times published an
article on safe gun storage.
Unfortunately, millions of children in America live in homes with unsecured and loaded guns. These guns have been used to tragic effect in school shootings and play a large role in child firearm deaths more broadly. In 2015, more than 1,100 children under
age 19 lost their lives due to unintentional shootings or firearm suicides, and thousands of others suffered non-fatal injuries. One analysis found that
70% of unintentional child deaths could have been prevented if the firearm had been stored unloaded and in a locked cabinet or gun safe.
Child access prevention (CAP) laws hold adult gun owners criminally liable if a child accesses their gun unsupervised. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia (CA, DC, MA, MN, CT, FL, IL, IA, HI, MD, NH, NJ, NC, RI, TX) hold gun owners
liable for negligent gun storage that leads to child access. Studies have found that these laws are associated with a decline in both youth suicides and unintentional child gun deaths and injuries. However, many state CAP laws are not comprehensive – many
don’t apply to 16 and 17 year olds, for instance – and they are often not enforced.
To encourage safe gun storage practices and prevent child gun injuries and deaths, I’m introducing the Child Gun Access Prevention Act (H.R. 5941),
which would provide funds to states that enact CAP laws holding adults criminally liable if they leave an unsecured firearm in a manner that they know or reasonably should know is accessible to a child under age 18. Specifically, the bill would:
- Provide grants to states to carry out strong CAP laws and educate the public about them;
- Direct the CDC to study child injuries and deaths by firearms and safe gun storage practices; and
- Require gun dealers to provide safe storage information with each gun sale.
I encourage you to join me as a cosponsor of the Child Gun Access Prevention Act
to protect thousands of children from senseless gun violence. Please contact Kerry McKittrick in my office at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-225-2735 if you have any questions or would like to cosponsor.
Member of Congress
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