Cincinnati lawmakers urge child gun law after accidental shooting death

Cincinnati lawmakers urge child gun law after accidental shooting death

FINNEYTOWN, Ohio (WKRC) – Parents, lock your guns up or face a felony. That’s what two local lawmakers are proposing in what they’re calling a child access prevention gun law. While the bill was introduced months ago, they say now is the time for action after a 10-year old was accidentally shot and killed by another child in Finneytown. In the past two weeks, two children have gotten their hands on guns leading to accidental shootings. In Westwood, a six-year old’s mother was charged with child endangerment after he shot himself while his mother slept. His injuries were not fatal, but in Finneytown Friday night, a 10-year old girl wasn’t so lucky. "We’ve been investigating this all night and all day and have determined this shooting was an accidental shooting between two juvenile family members,” said Springfield Township Police Chief Robert Browder. Both police and lawmakers have called this a tragedy. “When it involves a child, it’s even more tragic,” said Browder. State representative Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park) says tragedies like this are preventable. “This is exactly the type of thing that Rep. Brigid Kelly and I are trying to fix through sensible legislation,” said Miranda. Miranda and Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) are spearheading House Bill 240. If passed, parents would be required to keep guns in safe storage equipped with a tamper-resistant lock or other safety device. “People have to be held accountable if their guns are not stored safely and it ends up a child dies,” said […]

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