To prevent children and other prohibited persons from accessing a firearm, all firearms should be:
The safe storage of firearms protects young people from both accidental and intentional gun violence. Research has found that:
In 2019, Sandy Hook Promise was proud to support the passage of Ethan’s Law in Connecticut. This law strengthens safe firearm storage requirements by closing state loopholes on criminal liability for the unsafe storage of a firearm that results in the death of a minor under age 18. The legislation was named in honor of Ethan Song, who died in an accidental shooting due to an unsecured firearm in 2018.
Sandy Hook Promise supports the federal version of Ethan’s Law (H.R. 2867/S.193). The proposed law would create penalties for the unsafe storage of firearms. It would also incentivize states to pass safe storage laws by providing them with federal funding for implementation.
Firearm Storage in Gun-Owning Households with Children: Results of a 2015 National Survey. See the results
The Final Report And Findings Of The Safe School Initiative: Implications For The Prevention Of School Attacks In The United States. Authored by the US Secret Service and the US Department of Education. Read the report
3. Self-inflicted and Unintentional Firearm Injuries Among Children and Adolescents. Read the article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Pediatrics
4. Parental misperceptions about children and firearms. See the research findings
5. Safe gun storage prevents child and teen deaths. Read the news from the American Academy of Pediatrics