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NY Lawmakers Urge Cuomo To Sign Safe-Storage Gun Bill

March 27, 2019 - 12:38 pm
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ALBANY (WCBS 880) – Long Island lawmakers are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a safe-storage gun bill into law days after a 10-year-old boy was accused of bringing a loaded handgun to a school in Nassau County.

The bill would require gun owners in homes with children under 16 to either have a locking device for their firearms or to store them in locked containers.

A similar bill in Nassau County in 2016 never became law. Those who oppose it say they want their weapon readily available in an emergency.

State law already requires gun safety measures in homes where there is a resident who is barred from owning a gun.

Related: Police: 10-Year-Old Boy Brought Loaded Handgun To Long Island School

This week a 10-year-old boy was charged with bringing a loaded gun to his Baldwin elementary school. Police say the child took the gun from a relative’s house.

Nassau County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum, who represents District 10, says the incident was a “tragedy that was averted.”

“All too often parents think that their guns are put away, but usually the children know where they are,” Birnbaum said.

“I’ve heard from social workers, where they’ve asked children to draw pictures and you can clearly see the gun in the picture. And the parent will say, ‘Oh, I didn’t know my child knew that the gun was there.’”