An Act To Protect Children by Requiring the Safe Storage of Loaded Firearms
Sec. 1. 17-A MRSA §1059 is enacted to read:
§ 1059. Unlawful storage of a loaded firearm
(1) Uses the loaded firearm in a reckless or threatening manner;
(2) Uses the loaded firearm during the commission of a crime; or
(3) Recklessly or negligently discharges the loaded firearm.
Sec. 2. 25 MRSA §2012, sub-§2, as enacted by PL 1991, c. 127, is amended to read:
A firearm dealer who fails to comply with this paragraph commits a civil violation for which a fine of not more than $1,000 may be adjudged.
This bill creates the Class E crime of unlawful storage of a firearm, which a person is guilty of if the person stores or leaves on premises under the person's control a loaded firearm; the person knows or reasonably should know that a child is likely to gain access to the loaded firearm without the permission of the child's parent or guardian; and a child in fact gains access to the loaded firearm and uses the loaded firearm in a reckless or threatening manner, uses the loaded firearm during the commission of a crime or recklessly or negligently discharges the loaded firearm.
The bill also requires a firearm dealer to post a warning at each purchase counter regarding the need to secure firearms from unauthorized use.