Rep. Jackie Speier says she wants to prevent gun accidents involving children. The California Democrat has introduced legislation that would require that all handguns manufactured, sold in, or imported into the United States to incorporate technology that precludes the average 5-year-old child from operating a handgun when it is ready to fire.
The measure, the Child Handgun Safety Act, would also require that within two years, any handgun sold, offered for sale, traded, transferred, shipped, leased, or distributed in the U.S. to be child-resistant or retrofitted with a child-resistant mechanism.
Speier, who represents the southern part of San Francisco and the Peninsula, said the legislation is necessary to avoid tragedies like the 5-year old girl in New Orleans who accidentally shot and killed herself with a .38 caliber revolver. Speier's office cites a string of other such incidents, including a 3-year-old boy in Corsicana, Texas, who died after a self-inflicted shooting with a handgun inside a bedroom in his home, striking himself in the head.
Speier said in a statement:
Each year, we are saddened by unspeakable tragedies involving guns and children. Yet, a majority of gun deaths involving children are preventable at the point of manufacturing. More than half of child deaths from guns result from accidents or failure to secure guns in the home. In the past, we have taken similar safety measures with products such as butane lighters and prescription drug bottles. It's inexcusable we haven't done the same with deadly weapons. We have an urgent responsibility to prevent these tragic deaths through smart, more effective handgun policies.
Speier is longtime gun control advocate, stretching back to her days as a state legislator. Her Bay Area district plays host to numerous gun shows each year, and many sportsmen call the coastal region home. Speier's bill faces long odds in the Republican-controlled House.
Via http://speier.house.gov/, and Politix.