Bill could make parents responsible for kids finding guns

Parents could be made criminally responsible for kids obtaining guns

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Multiple stories have been reported where children have gotten their hands on loaded guns and it has turned out tragic.

Loaded guns easily accessible to children have become a problem, and now a new bill might make parents think twice about where their loaded guns are stored.

The bill is calling for criminal charges when loaded guns are left out where children can pick them up.

There are 27 states with similar legislation, and now the bill is headed to the senate judiciary next month. For many people, they agree parents should be held more accountable if they choose to own guns with children in the home.

"If you're going to have a gun, you should be held accountable for what's done with the gun," Talisha Ingram said.

Two Democratic Tennessee state legislators have proposed have proposed the idea.

Representative Sherry Jones from Nashville and Senator Sara Kyle from Memphis are behind the bill that seeks a criminal penalty for an adult leaving a loaded gun unattended and accessible to a child under 13 years of age.

Even 9-year-old Zoe Ingram knows what the rules should be when it comes to guns.

"I think they should, because they shouldn't even have a gun when the kids are around," Zoe said.

The bill comes as several young children have died or been injured after picking up a gun in their own home or a relative's home.

Last year in Shelby County, 4-year-old Aabriel Jones Jr. died after finding a gun in his house and accidentally shot himself.

In 2014, a 6-year-old found a gun and shot a 4-year-old girl. She survived the shooting.

Those are just a few of the accidental shootings when children found guns.

The bill would also require licensed gun dealers to post signage warnings. It is a criminal offense to leave a loaded gun accessible to children.

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