According to the NRA ILA website (one of my daily reads) and an article titled: Washington: One Anti-Gun Substitute Dies in Committee, Another is Headed to the House Floor published on Thursday, February 16, 2017 a substitute for House Bill 1122 (Sub HB 1122) is headed to the House floor where it will be reviewed and voted on. As summed up by the article, the bill will “require the locking up of one’s firearms or else they would potentially face reckless endangerment charges. Further, under this bill the penalty for a reckless endangerment charge involving a gun storage violation would amount to a Class C Felony.” Wait…what…come again?!?
If the federal government doesn’t like the way I store my guns I can be charged (and convicted) with a class C felony which can carry sentence terms of 10 to 40 years and monetary fines of $10,000 to $100,000 (per www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/what-is-a-class-c-felony.html). Why is the government so interested with what is going on in my house. We are not harming anybody; nobody has been injured or died in our house by readily accessible firearms. The claim is that children are being accidentally killed by loaded and accessible guns in the home. I don’t argue with that, we see it in the news every once in a while, one child shoots another because they were playing war with daddy’s handgun. The problem is NOT the gun, the problem is that daddy never taught little Johnny that a gun is not a toy, respect for the weapon was never established, instead, the weapon became a temptation, something shiny that goes bang little Johnny was told not to touch all the while he sees daddy playing with the toy. I have seen the ad campaigns, some actually very funny, driving home the point:
More laws and regulations that strip law-abiding Americans of their 2nd Amendment Rights, leave them vulnerable, and invite big government inside our homes?
Educating all citizens in the use, handling, safety, and storage of firearms and then letting them decide how to incorporate the tool into their homes and if they wish to exercise their 2nd Amendment Rights?