Demorats introduce national Safe Gun Storage Act, modeled after Washington state law

Reps. Engel and Payapal

On Wednesday, Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduce a bill that is similar to the recent gun storage law passed in Washington state. From Engel’s tweet:

“Today I intro’d the #SafeGunStorageAct w/@RepJayapal. In the national dialogue surrounding #GunViolence, what is too often lost is the huge role guns play in the majority of suicides. Instituting safety standards on gun safes & locks will save lives.”

Excerpts from their statement:

“Congress Members Eliot L. Engel (NY-16) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) today introduced H.R. 4691, the Safe Gun Storage Act, legislation which would direct the Consumer Protection Safety Commission to establish safety standards for firearm safes and firearm locks.

Unsafely stored firearms are a major public safety and public health issue in our country. According to a 2018 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health survey, 54% of gun owners report not storing their firearms safely, and 34% of these homes had children 18 years or younger in the home. 18% of all gun injuries in our nation occur because of improperly stored firearms in homes.

Additionally, household gun ownership increases the rate of gun related suicides, and this is particularly true in households with young children. In 2016, the CDC noted that 60% of all firearm deaths were from suicides, with more than 1,100 suicides by people between 10 and 19 years of age. The following year, 43% of all youth suicide involved a firearm. A 2018 study conducted by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that a 10% increase of households with firearms has led to a 25% increase in the rate of youth suicide by a firearm. Study after study shows a clear correlation between an increased rate of households with guns and an increased rate in youth suicide by a firearm.

“Our nation has been plagued with gun violence. But what too often gets lost in the debate is the suicide rate by firearm,” said Rep. Eliot Engel. “Youth suicide rates are already staggeringly high and have been trending upward. We must decrease them, and we can, by ensuring firearm safes and firearm locks are used in homes. Those safes and locks also must have strong safety standards to prevent unauthorized people, especially children, from gaining access to firearms. This bill will save lives and I’m proud to introduce it with my colleague Rep. Jayapal. I thank her for joining me in this effort to keep our families and communities safe.”

Read the whole statement here.

The impact of this gun storage law in Seattle has yet to be realized. In fact, officials say it may take two years to determine the impact.

While I’m all for trying to prevent suicides, this gun storage law is aimed more at law-abiding citizens and cannot stop every gun-related suicide. It may prevent a few suicides yet will not minimal effect – in my opinion – on the number of gun-related deaths.

This law cannot be enforced unless bureaucrats go into your home to verify how you store your firearms. This law will punish people after a gun-related incident has occurred (someone stole your gun or a youth obtained a firearm that wasn’t stored properly).

This is just another Bloomberg/Giffords-initiated measure to erode your Second Amendment rights.

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We have that here in MA, you have to keep your weapon in a lockbox and the ammo in separate one. So if someone breaks into your house at 3 AM you have to hope they are understanding and make allowances while you look for the key. They don’t keep their guns in lockboxes, that law only applies to law-abiding gun owners. If these sensitive caring demonoids are so concerned about teen suicides, where were they when the dangers of suicide from SSRI antidepressants should have been made public? Nowhere, they wouldn’t jeopardize their campaign contributions from big pharma. Sanctimonius… Read more »

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

A good safe is prudent for the safe keeping of the more “valuable” items, but it is just as prudent to secret an “item” or two, or ever how many, in readily accessible safe places,… despite ill conceived regulations.

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The Leftists across the country are all about control of your life. To it, everyone is an imbecile who is completely incapable of running their own lives or to live responsibly. Sadly, many go along with this nonsense. As for the suicides, drug abuse and depression, the author of the post below has nailed the reasons why this is so succinctly. These issues aren’t pervasive due to guns, but rather the steady destruction of American society and nearly everything we hold dear. My final point is statistics show legal gun owners are NOT the ones wreaking havoc on the public,… Read more »

Carl R Hassell
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Carl R Hassell

When politicians & sjw’s bring up “kids” or “teens”, I immediately smell a con. My grandfather kept his hunting shotgun & rifle hung in the eaves in the basement with no cases or locks, we had family dinners under them for a couple generations, nobody ever took them down, or was curious.

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

Actually got a call from the N.R.A. today. soliciting for contributions to help in fighting all the legislation and bills being proposed by the democrats, not neglecting to mention pelosi’s name. Though I have been a life member since the early 90’s I had to express my disappointment in the N.R.A. as an advocate for our right in that all they now do is debate over concessions to what is clearly an absolute right. They should merely quote the second amendment and explain the point of the “Bill of Attainder” clause and end any discussion or debating right there. With… Read more »

DFJ 150
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I propose a bill on restricting congressional bodyguards from routinely carrying weapons in public. The bill will require their weapons to have trigger locks installed at all times, with the weapons themselves stored in locking cabinets inside a secure room in the basement of the Capitol building. Should the guards have need of the weapons, they may return to the Capitol, submit a request for the weapon from the room guard, and then retrieve the requested firearm for the emergency at hand. Oh, and ammunition must be stored under lock and key in a separate secure room. Just to ensure… Read more »