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Democratic lawmakers introduced new legislation last week that could require all firearms purchased in the U.S. to come with a compatible gun lock. Some who violate the law would face a $1,000 penalty.

Gun locks are relatively inexpensive devices that make it impossible for guns to be fired.

“Gun violence is now the leading cause of death for children and teens in the United States,” said a press release from bill sponsor Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) “Every year, 19,000 children and teens are shot and killed or wounded, and approximately 3 million are exposed to gun violence. A significant portion of these deaths involve the accidental discharge of a firearm, including a number of recent horrifying incidents in Southeast Michigan.”

With the Safe Storage Saves Lives Act, each firearms seller would have to provide a compatible gun lock with each weapon sold. Funds generated by the penalty would go towards gun safety awareness efforts and providing free or reduced cost gun locks.

“As our bill makes clear – safe storage saves lives – and I’m proud to join my colleagues in introducing legislation that ensures the responsible storage of firearms. Last Congress, we also passed legislation I authored, Ethan’s Law. This bill would require safe gun storage and establish strong penalties for any violation,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.). “With legislation like Ethan’s Law and the Safe Storage Saves Lives Act, we can reduce access to these unsupervised firearms – which are often used in suicides, school shootings, and other acts of violence – and save lives.”

Many organizations, including Giffords Law Center and the National Institute of Justice, support safe storage laws. However, the National Rifle Association said in a quote sent to Fox News Digital that something similar to this proposed rule already exists.

“Rep. Tlaib isn’t educated on this topic,” the NRA said. “Firearm manufacturers already provide a lock with every gun that is sold, and anyone looking for additional gun locks can get them free through Project Childsafe, an industry program that provides free gun locks to anyone who wants one.”

Indeed, the Child Safety Lock Act of 2005 requires that when “selling, delivering, or transferring a handgun to any person other than another licensee, any licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer must provide a secure gun storage or safety device to that person for the handgun.”

“All new guns ship with some kind of gun lock. If you bought your gun new, the lock may be buried under the instruction manual, tucked behind the foam padding of the case or otherwise not immediately visible,” said the U.S. Concealed Carry Association. “If you received your gun in a hard-sided plastic case, there will almost certainly be a hole or holes for locking it closed. A few padlocks from the dollar store will help it serve as an emergency lock box until you can get set up with a more ideal solution.”

Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) explained that the Safe storage Saves Lives Act would further improve gun safety in the U.S. by “reinvesting fines into free or reduced-cost gun lock distribution and public awareness campaigns,” about gun safety. In the U.S., gun safety laws can vary by state.

“This is a common sense safety measure that all Americans should be able to get behind,” said Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-Fla.) of the proposed legislation.


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