Philly-area lawmaker wants to make safe gun storage easier for owners

Hadas Kuznits
May 29, 2019 - 3:30 pm
Pa. Congressman Brendan Boyle (center, in tie) in Fairhill Park with representatives from Mothers in Charge, Moms Demand Action and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia-area lawmaker wants to create incentives for gun owners to lock and safely store their guns.

Pennsylvania congressman Brendan Boyle explains the gun safety legislation he plans to bring to the House next week called the Preventing Family Fire Act. 

"As a member of the Ways and Means Committee with jurisdiction over our tax code, I will advocate for a tax incentive for dealers to include safe storage devices with gun purchases," Boyle said. 

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Kyleanne Hunter with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says over 4.5 million American children live in a home with access to unlocked and loaded guns. 

"And everything from curiosity to the emotional strain of bullying to thinking that it's easier to settle disputes with a bullet than actually talk it out mean that these easily accessible guns create tragedies everyday," Hunter said. 

"Every day in the United States of America, an average of eight kids and teens are inured or killed by a firearm," Boyle added.

Boyle stresses he's not against the Second Amendment, but he says if you're going to own a gun, you should do so responsibly.