Kentucky Lawmaker Files Bill Mandating Gun Lock Use

They just keep spreading…


Under threat of up to 12 months in jail and a $500 fine, a Louisville area Democrat has pre-filed a measure that could lead to charges for those who store an unsecured gun.

The bill, introduced last week for the 2017 session, would make it a crime to store a gun in a way that a minor could access it, with enhanced punishments if a child used the gun to hurt or kill someone.

“What I’m really trying to do is sharpen the focus on this issue in a proactive way,” said bill sponsor Sen. Gerald A. Neal, as reported by the Courier-Journal. “I’m not anti-gun per se … It’s purely a safety issue.”

Neal’s proposal would revise state law to make it unlawful for a gun owner to store a firearm in a way that a minor could access it without a trigger lock. Violations would be a Class B misdemeanor, which carries up to 90 days in jail and a $250 fine. Should a youth access an unsecured firearm without justification and use it to shoot someone, the crime would be a Class A misdemeanors which could incur 12 months in prison and $500 in fines.

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