Christine Hunschofsky looks to strengthen laws on safe weapon storage

Freshman Democratic Rep. Christine Hunschofsky is bringing forward a bill to update Florida’s regulations regarding home gun storage.

Hunschofsky is taking the lead on a measure (HB 167) similar to legislation filed during the 2020 Session by former Rep. Tina Polsky. Polsky is starting her first term in the Senate after winning the Senate District 29 contest in November.

The law currently can place requirements on gun owners who share a household with minors. Those restrictions apply to a gun owner “who knows or reasonably should know that a minor is likely to gain access to the firearm without the lawful permission of the minor’s parent or the person having charge of the minor, or without the supervision required by law.”

In those cases, the owner must either “keep the firearm in a securely locked box or container,” store the gun “in a location which a reasonable person would believe to be secure” or secure the weapon with a trigger lock.

Simply storing the gun “in a location which a reasonable person would believe to be secure” is no longer sufficient under the changes proposed by Hunschofsky. The bill requires those guns to be secured in a locked container or

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