Democrats fight gun exposure to children

2 years 10 months 6 days ago Tuesday, December 06 2016 Dec 6, 2016 Tuesday, December 06, 2016 3:48:11 PM CST December 06, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in Missouri want to criminalize firearm storage that allows children to easily find weapons and potentially cause harm.

Children's Firearm Safety Alliance co-founder and Democratic Rep. Stacey Newman tells the Springfield News-Leader that she will re-file a version of a previous bill to make it a Class D felony to knowingly leave "a readily available, loaded deadly weapon" in the presence of a minor.

To comply with the proposed law, gun owners would need to put a trigger or cable lock on the firearm, remove the ammunition or lock the weapon in a safe.

A proposed bill by another lawmaker aims to make "negligent storage of a firearm" a crime.

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