There are serious issues with Gov. Abbot’s proposed Gun Storage Law. We must make a joint effort to push back NOW before these go any further...
Issue #1 - Gov. Abbott’s Proposal Creates a De Facto Mandatory Storage Law and Makes Every Gun Owner a Potential Felon
***There are already laws in place that make it illegal for a child under 17 to gain access to a readily dischargeable firearm.
***The current law requires that a parent and/or gun owner take steps to keep loaded (readily dischargeable) weapons secure by means or a trigger lock, safe, or lockbox.
***Abbott’s proposal increases the penalty from a class C misdmeanor to a felony, increases the age to 18, and increases the standard to simply making any firearm, loaded or not, accessible.
***This would mean that any parent who did not keep any and all firearms locked at all times, in any place their child goes to that they know there are firearms, would face potential felony charges.
Issue #2: Gov. Abbott’s Proposal Makes It a Potential Felony to Store a Gun in Your Car
***The current law applies outside the home as well.
***The proposed changes would make a gun owner subject to felony charges if they had a weapon (loaded or unloaded, even if it is simply being transported) in their car that was then stolen by someone under 18 who then used that firearm to injure himself or another person.
Issue #3: Gov. Abbott’s Proposal Will Make It a Potential Felony to Make Firearms Accessible to You or Your Property-Trained Teenagers in Case of an Emergency
***Mandatory storage requirements potentially increase the danger to properly trained children who are faced by an attacker or other danger and need to protect themselves.
***Providing a responsible, mentally sound, properly trained teenager with the combination to a gun safe in case of emergency would open a parent up to felony charges.
Issue #4: Gov. Abbott’s Proposal Effectively Outlaws Unsupervised Shooting by Anyone Under the Age of 18, Regardless of Training or Ability
***Many children are involved in shooting sports. If those children are allowed to practice without supervision, and injure themselves because of malfunction or accidental discharge, their parents would become felons under Abbott’s proposed law.