Legislator Ernest Flagler-Mitchell (D-Rochester) announced legislation today that would require gun owners to secure guns in an attempt to keep them out of the hands of criminals.
“This year has been a heartbreakingly violent one nationally and locally, with many families being devastated by shootings, including my own,” said Legislator Flagler-Mitchell. “As a firefighter and elected official, I knew I had to act, and this common sense measure is a practical way to curb the flow of guns from law abiding owners to the criminals who use them to commit crimes.”
Locally, mass shootings at the Boys and Girls Club on Genesee Street and a house party on Woodward Street both claimed lives, including that of Legislator Flagler-Mitchell’s cousin Herbert Thomas. In discussing the violent summer, Rochester Police Chief Ciminelli stated that 60 percent of gun crimes committed in the city in 2015 were executed with stolen firearms.
The proposed legislation would require gun owners to keep their weapons secured with a lock or stored in a safe that has met nationally-accepted standards for resisting burglary attempts when the weapons are not in the owner’s immediate possession or control, with the goal of helping to stem the flow of weapons into violent criminals’ hands.