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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 22, 2021 09:36 AM
From: Representative Tim Briggs
To: All House members
Subject: Protecting Children from Accidental Gun Injuries and Deaths
Imagine coming home from work or receiving a phone call to find out that your son or daughter, or one of their friends, was accidentally injured or killed by a gun shot.  Sadly, this happens each year to thousands of children and families in the United States.

These tragedies can be easily avoided by the enactment of my legislation which would require the safe storage of firearms in homes where children may be present.  Failure to comply with this requirement would result in a felony of the third degree if the firearm is used in a crime, or if death or grievous injury is caused, or a summary offense (misdemeanor of the third degree if second or subsequent offense) if a child is found in unlawful possession of a firearm.

As elected officials, it is our responsibility to consider proposals such as this that seek to protect all Pennsylvanians.  Please consider supporting this effort to save lives, protect children, and ensure that firearms are only used by their rightful owners.

Introduced as HB785