Gilbert parents of shooting victim propose AZ gun storage law

Gilbert parents of shooting victim propose AZ gun storage law

In September of 2021, the Petillos’ son Christian was shot in the chest while at a friend’s house where a gun was not locked up GILBERT, Ariz. — Turning their grief into action, Bruce and Claire Petillo hope a proposed gun storage law named after their deceased son will prevent future tragedies . “I think most people agree if you own a gun it should be properly stored,” Bruce Petillo said on Tuesday from his Gilbert home. 350 Unintentional Fatal Shootings Each Year By Children In September of 2021, the Petillos’ son Christian was shot in the chest while at a friend’s house where a gun was not locked up. Christian was a 15-year-old sophomore at Casteel High School in Queen Creek. “We never thought it could happen to us and it did,” Bruce said. According to the gun safety advocacy group, Everytown , more than half of guns in the US are not properly locked and stored. Among gunfire incidents on school grounds, 80% of minors obtained the gun from home or an acquaintance’s house. 350 gun deaths each year involve children under 18 unintentionally firing a gun at themselves or someone else. “Christian’s Law” would require gun owners to keep either ammunition or guns in a locked storage container, or to secure their firearms with a device that would render them inoperable without a combination or a key. Under the current version of the bill, gunowners found to violate the law would be fined $1,000. “I believe […]

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