Another Not-So-Common, Commonsense Approach: Make All Guns That Can be Fired by Children Illegal

monkey-scratching-headIn a recent statement, Rep. Jackie Speier, says she will pursue legislation that will make it illegal to sell or buy any gun that can be fired by a 5 year old child.

Uh, what? So I guess that would include any gun capable of firing in single action, 1911 style pistols, Glocks, etc. It’s unsure if she thinks a thumb safety would prevent a child from firing a gun.

You would think the Congresswoman would be OK with double action only guns with long trigger pulls, but no. The event that sparked this idea was a 5 year old girl accidentally killing herself with a .38 caliber revolver. So apparently no current gun would meet Speier’s definition of child proof. Sounds like roundabout gun banning to me.

Here is the Congresswoman’s complete press release.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) introduced two bills aimed at reducing gun violence and increasing firearm safety. One of the bills calls for safety modifications in handguns to guard against incidents among children. This past weekend, another child death occurred, as a 5-year old girl in New Orleans accidentally shot and killed herself with a .38 caliber revolver.

Speier stated: “Each year, we are saddened by unspeakable tragedies involving guns and children. Yet, a majority of gun deaths involving children are preventable at the point of manufacturing. More than half of child deaths from guns result from accidents or failure to secure guns in the home. In the past, we have taken similar safety measures with products such as butane lighters and prescription drug bottles. It’s inexcusable we haven’t done the same with deadly weapons. We have an urgent responsibility to prevent these tragic deaths through smart, more effective handgun policies.”

In particular, the Child Handgun Safety Act would require that all handguns manufactured, sold in, or imported into the United States to incorporate technology that precludes the average 5-year-old child from operating a handgun when it is ready to fire. The Act would also require any handgun sold, offered for sale, traded, transferred, shipped, leased, or distributed in the U.S. two years after enactment to be child-resistant or retrofitted with a…



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