05.25.21

Senator Baldwin Supports Introduction of Safe Gun Storage Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin cosponsored legislation that was introduced today that would direct the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to establish safety standards for firearm locks and firearm safes.

“We should put in place federal safety standards for firearm locks and safes so that we can help keep guns out of the hands of children,” said Senator Baldwin. “This legislation can help prevent deadly accidents from happening and save lives.”

An estimated 4.6 million American minors live in a household with a firearm. According to a 2018 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health survey, 54 percent of gun owners report storing their firearms in an unsafe manner. Eighteen percent of all gun injuries in our nation occur because of this high rate of improperly stored firearms in homes.

The Safe Gun Storage Act was introduced by Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and is also co-sponsored in the Senate by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Bob Casey (D-PA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jack Reed (D-RI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Tom Carper (D-DE), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Patty Murray (D-WA).

The legislation was introduced in the House by U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and is co-sponsored by Representatives Jake Auchincloss (D-MA), David Cicilline (D-RI), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Jahanna Hayes (D-CT), Ro Khanna (D-CA), Mondaire Jones (D-NY), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Joseph Morelle (D-NY), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), and Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA).