As of Monday, the Justice Department (DOJ) unveiled a new federal gun control regulation to ensure that gun owners have safe storage mechanisms.
As mandated by the Gun Control Act, federally regulated gun merchants will now be forced to provide on-site storage or safety mechanisms for prospective customers.
As defined by the DOJ, a secure gun storage device is one “that is meant to be utilized for the storage of a weapon and that is designed exclusively for unlocking with the use of keys, combinations or other similar techniques.”
There was a Federal Register announcement of a new regulation by the department. If the amendment is accepted, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ firearms laws will be amended and put into effect on February 3.
Merrick B. Garland, the state’s attorney general, said that the modification was made to “lower the likelihood of weapons getting into the wrong hands.”
For Mr. Garland, gun safety was a top concern, and the department would continue to take all necessary actions to assist minimize the number of persons killed and wounded as a result of gun abuse.
Gun rights organization has “always advocated safe storage of guns,” NRA spokesperson Lars Dalseide told The Washington Times in an email.
Parents of Ethan Crumbley, the teen suspected of shooting and murdering four classmates at Oxford High School in Michigan, were arrested last month and charged with involuntary manslaughter for failing to secure the pistol he used. The new regulation comes only one month after that arrest and charges.
Parents James and Jennifer Crumbley might have averted the Nov. 28 mass shooting, which also wounded seven pupils, but they disregarded several warning flags, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said at a press conference.
As soon as Ms. Crumbley learned that a teacher had seen her son looking for ammo on his phone, she texted him to tell him that he needed to “learn not to be caught” before the rampage began.
“Help me,” “The thoughts won’t stop,” and “Blood everywhere” were all written in Ethan’s painting on the day of his shooting, and his parents were summoned to his school. In spite of being advised by school authorities to seek emergency therapy, the parents apparently opted to allow their kid to remain in school.
Ethan’s parents didn’t examine his bag, authorities say, since they purchased him a 9 mm Sig Sauer SP2022 semiautomatic handgun as a Christmas present just a few days before he disappeared. According to Ms. McDonald, the handgun had been placed in the Crumbleys’ bedroom in an open drawer.
In her words, “They had every reason to know he was dangerous and they gave him a weapon and didn’t secure it and they allowed him full access to it,” she said during the conference on Dec. 3.
Four charges of involuntary manslaughter have been pled not guilty by the parents.
Last year, there were 34 school shootings, more than twice as many as in 2020 (ten), and ten times as many as in 2019 and 2018, when there were each 24.
As the executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association told the New York Times, the group is in favor of reasonable regulations on firearms.
It’s important for “any responsible gun owner” to keep their firearms in a secure place, according to Ms. Cooper, who said this in an email.
“Best Practices Guide” for federal gun vendors was also issued by the ATF this week. This guide provides a comprehensive overview of all federal gun rules and regulations.
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