May 25, 2021

Van Hollen Joins Blumenthal, Jayapal & Murphy In Introducing The Safe Gun Storage Act

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.) and Chris Murphy (D-Ct.) and U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) in introducing legislation directing the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to establish safety standards for firearm locks and firearm safes.

An estimated 4.6 million American minors live in a household with a firearm. According to a 2018 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health survey, 54 percent of gun owners report storing their firearms in an unsafe manner. Eighteen percent of all gun injuries in our nation occur because of this high rate of improperly stored firearms in homes.

The Safe Gun Storage Act is co-sponsored in the Senate by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

The legislation is co-sponsored in the House of Representatives by U.S. Representatives Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), Jahanna Hayes (D-Ct.), Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.), Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), Joseph Morelle (D-N.Y.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), and Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.).