When It Comes to Safe Storage Only the Gun Industry Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth Is

When It Comes to Safe Storage Only the Gun Industry Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth Is

Safe storage laws are a nanny-state nightmare. The recent massacre in Santa Fe, Texas, has already fallen out of the national news cycle. Unlike the Parkland murderer, the perpetrator didn’t use one of those scary “assault weapons” you’ve heard so much about. He killed 10 people with his father’s shotgun and a .38 revolver, and the anti-gun lobby has struggled to spin the story when even Uncle Joe is encouraging Americans to buy a shotgun for home defense. But anti-gunners are a resourceful lot, and they’ve latched onto the only gun control measure available after this most recent tragedy: safe storage laws. Investigators haven’t said how the murderer, whose name you won’t find in this article, acquired his father’s firearms. The suspect is also too old for the state to prosecute the father for negligent storage, which in Texas only applies if the child is under 17 years old. That, of course, hasn’t dissuaded mainstream media outlets from lamenting the tragic lack of state and federal laws that allow prosecutors to punish parents for crimes their children commit with their firearms. Twenty-seven states already have some kind of child access prevention law, but some believe that number should be higher, and the penalties should be more severe. CNN analyst Juliette Kayyem chided Second Amendment advocates for not being at the forefront in “promoting safer gun ownership standards, as well as liability for parents who negligently, or even purposefully, allow their kids access to guns that the child couldn’t otherwise […]

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