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Local and state lawmakers expanding on gun storage laws

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A gun control measure being considered in Albany looks a lot like the one passed in Brighton last week. Brighton voted to require all gun owners to keep their guns locked up. If the gun is not safely stored away, the owner must physically have it on their person.

“Our goal is not to take anybody’s firearms away, our goal is to promote responsible firearm ownership,” said Brighton Town Supervisor Bill Moehle.

Brighton’s new law is an expansion on New York’s current law that only requires that in homes where someone living there is not allowed to own a gun.

Now some state lawmakers want to expand that law to cover all homes with children under age 16. If their proposal passes, violators could face a misdemeanor charge- which could mean a maximum fine of $250.

Richmond Young said he does not think too much will change with that expansion.

“I think the thought behind it is good but it’s one of those things that I don’t believe is gonna do a whole lot, because first of all its unenforceable unless you have the storm troopers come in and check everybody,” Young said.

He believes it is up to the gun owner to decide how to store his or her firearm and to keep it out of the hands of their own children.

“Trying to control what the law-abiding citizen does is not going to help prevent tragedies that are the result of stupidity and carelessness,” said Young.

Brighton Police Chief, Mark Henderson, said in a statement:

It is not the intent of the Brighton Police Department to go door to door to ensure compliance with the local law.  We hope that responsible gun owners will properly secure their legally owned firearms, pursuant to the provisions of the new local law.

If any gun owners need a safe storage container, Brighton Police will be giving away a limited amount of free ones. You can pick one up at the police department.

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