REPRESENTATIVE, District 136
Following recent school shootings I reviewed the Texas safe firearms storage law. I believe current law should be strengthened. Under current law a “child” is a person younger than 17 years old. This should be changed to 18. Currently if an owner does not secure a firearm and a minor gets access and causes death or serious bodily injury the gun owner is subject to a Class C misdemeanor. I would change that to a 3rd degree felony. This could potentially include an enhanced penalty if the firearm is brought to a school or if the access is the result of knowing or reckless conduct by a parent.