Texas school shooter’s family likely not liable under gun access law

Texas school shooter's family likely not liable under gun access law

Lt Gov Patrick defends Texas gun laws 06:55 (CNN)The 17-year-old who allegedly shot and killed 10 people and wounded 13 others at a Texas high school used his father’s legally owned shotgun and revolver during the rampage. The Santa Fe school shooting Friday has prompted a lot of debate among state politicians about the causes of the violence, which they attribute to everything from violent video games to the many ways people can get in and out of schools. "Be sure that your kids and grandkids or anyone who might have access to your home cannot get your guns," Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told CNN, citing yet another reason for the bloodshed. Texas already is one of 27 states — along with the District of Columbia — with child access prevention laws on the books. There are no such laws at the federal level. The age in which the laws apply varies from state to state, ranging from children under 14 to those under 18. Under Texas law, prosecutors can file a misdemeanor charge against a gun owner who failed to secure a weapon and a child under 17 gains access to a "readily dischargeable" firearm from that person’s property. That law, however, may not apply in the case of the alleged Sante Fe shooter, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who is 17. In addition, 11 states have laws mandating firearm locking devices — with Massachusetts the only one requiring that all firearms be stored with a lock in place. During the […]

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