SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — The state Senate has approved a bill making it a misdemeanor to store a firearm where it is accessible to a child.
Existing laws allow charges to be filed if someone is injured. But AB231 by Democratic Assemblyman Philip Ting of San Francisco makes it a crime to store any loaded firearm where the owner reasonably should know that a child is likely to gain access to it.READ MORE: South Bay Congressman Welcomes Afghan Refugees Arriving in Fremont
The bill passed the Senate on a 24-15 vote Monday. It now returns to the Assembly for final action.
Republican Sen. Jim Nielsen of Gerber said the law could not be enforced unless police enter homes of otherwise law-abiding citizens.READ MORE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Los Angeles
But Democratic Sen. Mark DeSaulnier of Concord said similar laws in other states have been shown to reduce injuries to children.
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