Colorado & Connecticut: Safe Storage, Gun Lock Requirements.

COLORADO

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Gun Deaths Per Year
1
TH
Highest Gun Death Rate
1
.5
Gun Deaths Per 100K Residents
COLORADO
Gun Suicide
Young People And Guns
COLORADO

Colorado law does not require a locking device to accompany the sale of a firearm, although federal law applies to handgun sales by dealers. Colorado also does not require firearm owners to lock their weapons, and Colorado’s child access prevention law is not as strong as the law in many other states.

Colorado has stronger gun laws than many states, but still has significant room for improvement. In 2019, Colorado passed an extreme risk protection order law, facilitating the temporary removal of firearms from at-risk individuals. In 2017, Colorado had the 24th-highest gun death rate among the states, and exported roughly the same number of crime guns it imported. To save lives, lawmakers in Colorado could pass laws requiring waiting periods for all firearm sales, raise the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21, and require owners to report lost and stolen firearms.

 

Gun Suicide

  • 77% of gun deaths are suicides
  • More than half of all suicide deaths involve firearms.
  • 2014-2018, 2,945 people died by gun related suicides in Colorado.
  • That’s 1 every 15 hours!

Young People And Guns

  • Exposure to gun violence can cause lasting trauma
  • Leading to PTSD, chronic stress and decreased future earnings
  • 2014-2018, 671 people under age 25 were killed with a gun
  • In 2018, guns were the leading cause of death for Colorado children 1-17

Gun Laws Colorado Does Have…

  • Universal Background Checks
  • Certain Child Access Prevention Laws
  • Extreme Risk Protection Orders
  • Disarming Procedures
  • State Database Background Checks
  • Large Capacity Magazine Ban
  • Certain Domestic Violence Gun Laws

What Colorado Is Missing!

  • Gun Owner Licensing
  • Assault Weapon Restrictions
  • Waiting Periods
  • Strong Concealed Carry Law
  • Open Carry Regulations
  • Lost & Stolen Firearm Reporting

Sources: CDC WONDER, ATF Firearms Trace Data Report, Giffords, FBI Homicide Reports (2014-2018)

CONNECTICUT

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Gun Deaths Per Year
1
TH
Highest Gun Death Rate
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.0
Gun Deaths Per 100K Residents
CONNECTICUT
Gun Suicide
Young People And Guns
CONNECTICUT

In Connecticut, any person, firm or corporation engaging in the sale, other than at wholesale, of any handgun, must equip the handgun with a reusable trigger lock or gun locking device constructed of material sufficiently strong to prevent it from being easily disabled. The lock must also have a mechanism accessible by key or electronic or mechanical accessory specific to the device to prevent unauthorized removal. Federal law also applies. Handgun sellers must also provide the purchaser with a written warning stating that unlawful storage of a firearm may result in imprisonment or fine. State administrative regulations govern the storage of firearms in certain locations. Connecticut does not generally require firearm owners to lock their weapons.

Connecticut has some of the strongest gun laws in the country. After the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, the state overhauled its gun laws. In 2017, Connecticut had the fifth-lowest gun death rate among the states and the seventh-lowest rate of crime gun exports. To further strengthen its gun laws, Connecticut could increase funding to community violence intervention programs and strengthen relinquishment laws.

 

Gun Suicide

  • 60% of gun deaths are suicides
  • Nearly 30% of all suicide deaths involve firearms
  • 2008-2017, 1,074 people died by gun related suicide

Young People And Guns

  • Exposure to gun violence can cause lasting trauma
  • Leading to PTSD, chronic stress and decreased future earnings
  • 2008-2017, 404 people under age 25 were killed with a gun in Connecticut

After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, Connecticut devised and enacted a host of gun safety laws and now has some of the strongest laws in the country!

Gun Laws Connecticut Does Have…

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun Owner Licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Certain domestic violence gun laws
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Certain open carry regulations
  • Child access prevention laws
  • Community violence intervention funding
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting
  • State database background checks
  • Partial ghost gun ban

What Connecticut Is Missing!

  • Safe Storage Requirements
  • Bulk Firearm Purchase Restrictions
  • Handgun Design Safety Standards
  • Microstramping Requirements

Sources: CDC WONDER, ATF Firearms Trace Data Report, Giffords, FBI Supplementary Homicide Reports

10 Important Firearm Safety Device Tips:

Laws concerning firearms ownership,  storage and handling vary among states and local jurisdictions. Learn and comply with your state and local laws and those of any jurisdiction to which you plan to transport or use firearms.

  • 1. All Firearms should always be assumed to be loaded and should be handled as such.
  • 2. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.
  • 3. Don’t rely on your gun’s “safety”.
  • 4. Keep firearms pointed in a safe direction at all times, even when unloaded.
  • 5. Store firearms unloaded, locked, and in an out-of-sight location out of the reach of children.
  • 6. Store ammunition separately under lock and key.
  • 7. Store your gun lock key in a place separate from the gun out of the reach of any unauthorized users.
  • 8. Gun locks are not a substitute for safe firearm handling and storage.
  • 9. Safety and safe firearms handling are everyone’s responsibility.
  • 10. Teach children basic principles of firearm safety. When encountering a gun: Do not touch it! Tell and adult!

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