Senator Anna M. Kaplan Helps Pass Legislation Protecting New York Children

(Albany, NY) Senator Anna M. Kaplan, along with the New York State Senate Democratic Majority, passed legislation (S.2450-A & S.35) that will create stronger regulations for the safe storage of firearms and the appearances of imitation weapons to prevent unintentional gun violence. 

Senator Anna M. Kaplan said “No parent should have to suffer the unimaginable loss of a child because of an accidental gun discharge in the home, or because a police officer mistook a toy gun for the real thing. Any gun kept in a home with a child should be stored safely, and imitation guns shouldn’t be able to pass for real ones. I’m proud to co-sponsor the safe storage bill, and the imitation gun bill, because they’re common-sense solutions that will literally save lives.”  

The gun safety legislation passed today includes:

  • Senate Bill S.2450A, sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger, will establish penalties for anyone who has a child under 16 in their home and who doesn’t properly store any firearm or render it incapable of being fired by using an appropriate gun-locking device.
  • Senate Bill S.35, sponsored by Senator Brad Hoylman, will require that imitation weapons must be entirely brightly colored or be constructed entirely of transparent or translucent materials, and be manufactured with other identifying features.

 The common sense legislation passed by the Senate Majority builds on the gun safety measures passed on January 29, 2019.