Status Summary

SB 6310 was referred to the Senate Law and Justice Committee but was not scheduled for a hearing and therefore is dead.

Legislative Session

2016

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Senator Jayapal

SB 6310 intends to promote the responsible storage of firearms to reduce the accidental gun injury and death of young children, reduce adolescent suicide, and prevent youth from inappropriately accessing firearms to cause harm in the community.  The bill identifies circumstances whereby a person who stores or leaves a firearm in a location where they know or reasonably should know that a child is likely to gain access is guilty of child endangerment in the first degree (class c felony), or guilty of child endangerment in the 2nd degree (misdemeanor).  If, however, the firearm has been secured in a locked box, gun safe, other secure locked storage space, or secured with a lock or any device that prevents the firearm from discharging the individual would not be subject to the identified penalties.  Prosecuting attorneys are given leeway in terms of prosecuting, particularly in situations where such prosecution would defeat the purpose of the law or would result in decreased respect for the law.

Additionally the bill requires that gun dealers offer to sell or give the purchaser a safety device or locked box, and that they post information about the penalties associated with not properly storing the firearm.  Finally, SB 6310 identifies that violating the section of the bill dealing with posting information is guilty of a class 3 civil infraction and may be fined.