Bill would make it a crime to leave loaded guns where kids can find them – Lexington Herald Leader

Recklessly storing a gun where children could find and use it would be a crime in Kentucky under a bill that state Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, pre-filed this month for the 2018 legislative session.

Wayne’s bill would require gun owners to use either a gun safe or a gun lock if minors under age 18 were in their homes. Improper firearm storage would be a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail, if a child gets access to the weapon. The charge would rise to a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail, if a minor uses the weapon to hurt or kill someone.

“We’ve had a number of children killed because they were playing with guns that adults left out here in Louisville. It’s just a terrible tragedy,” Wayne said Thursday. “Guns are everywhere now. We’re flooded with guns. And people are so casual about where they leave them.”

The Herald-Leader reported in July that it’s rare in Kentucky for parents to be prosecuted after an accidental child shooting involving an unsecured firearm, despite at least 36 children being shot — 15 fatally — in the preceding five years. Police and prosecutors said they were reluctant to pursue felony charges like wanton endangerment because they sympathized with the parents, or they were not certain that such serious charges would apply to someone guilty of careless gun storage.

“In my reading of the law, it would require someone actually providing (a gun) to them, as compared to just leaving it where they could come across it,” Christian Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor said in 2013. At the time, Pryor declined to prosecute a man who left a loaded .38 caliber revolver on a living room table with his grandchildren present. After the

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