Villa’s new law raises awareness of safe gun storage

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SPRINGFIELD — Under recently signed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Karina Villa (D-West Chicago), school boards across the state will have the option to include safe gun storage in their curriculum. safety education.

“Guns are the number one killer of children in Illinois,” Villa said. “By giving students the opportunity to learn how to own a firearm safely and responsibly, we are giving them the tools to protect themselves and others. »

Under House Bill 5193, secure gun storage will be added to existing safety education taught in Illinois schools. Automotive safety, CPR training, home safety and safety during vocational training or work are all examples of what is already included in the company-wide safety education program. ‘State.

Under current law, when not in use, Illinois firearm owners must keep their firearms temporarily inoperable with a designated device or mechanism, kept in a securely locked container or in a place to which a minor under the age of 14 would not reasonably have access. at. House Bill 5193 would bring this information to classrooms discussing home safety in an effort to educate young adults about gun safety and educate them about responsible gun ownership.

Schools are not mandated to teach safety education, but if they choose to offer it, they are required to teach all of the existing components.

“When firearms are not stored safely, there is always a risk that they will fall into the wrong hands, whether it is in the hands of young children who do not understand or in the hands of those who can pose a danger to themselves or others,” Villa said. “Promoting positive messages about proper gun storage has the potential to save lives.”

The law comes into force on January 1, 2023.

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