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Parental Responsibility When Kids Gain Access To Guns

OPB | June 17, 2014 12:45 p.m.

According to some Oregon lawmakers, parents should be held legally responsible when a minor gains access to a parent’s gun without permission. This comes just a week after Reynolds High School freshman Jared Michael Padgett brought guns to school and shot one of his classmates before turning a rifle on himself. Police later confirmed that the gun Padgett used belonged to his family and while the family’s firearms had been secured, Padgett “defeated” the security measures.

Several other states have what are called “child access prevention” laws. A proposal by Oregon lawmakers didn’t even get a committee hearing in the 2013 session, but the issue could come up again in 2015.

Would you support a law like this in Oregon? Why or why not?


Editor’s Note: this post has been changed to more accurately reflect the language in the bill.


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