The bill creates the offense of unlawful storage of a firearm if a person stores a firearm in a manner that the person knows, or should know:
- That a juvenile can gain access to the firearm without the permission of the juvenile's parent or guardian; or
- A resident of the premises is ineligible to possess a firearm under state or federal law.
Unlawful storage of a firearm is a class 2 misdemeanor.
The bill requires licensed firearms dealers to provide with each firearm, at the time of a firearm sale or transfer, a locking device capable of securing the firearm. Transferring a firearm without a locking device is an unclassified misdemeanor punishable by a maximum $500 fine.
The bill requires the state court administrator to annually report to the general assembly about the number of charges related to safe firearms storage, and the disposition of those charges.
The bill requires the department of public health and environment to develop and implement a firearms storage education campaign to educate the public about the safe storage of firearms and state requirements related to firearms safety and storage. The bill creates the firearms safe storage education campaign fund (fund) in the state treasury. A voluntary contribution designation line for the fund will appear on the state individual income tax return form (form) for the 5 income tax years following the year that the executive director of the department of revenue certifies to the revisor of statutes that there is a space available on the form and the fund is next in the queue.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)