Allowing a Child Access
to a Firearm
Before the last overhaul of the Texas License to
Carry (formerly Texas Concealed Handgun) License, there was a test
questions relating to the failure to properly secure a firearm.
It was a pretty straight forward question but, for a reason I
couldn't explain, a
high percentage of my students were getting the answer wrong.
Question 29 (old
If a child, a person under 17 years of age, gains access to a readily dischargeable firearm and is
seriously injured or killed after discharging the firearm, the person who failed to secure the
firearm can be charged with a class A misdemeanor.
A. True (correct answer)
One day, I paid closer attention to how I was
teaching the safety portion of my class.
It dawned on me that, on more than one occasion, I had
probably interjected, "I
personally think allowing a child to gain access to a
readily dischargeable firearm should be charged as a felony offense.
Once I removed the felony reference from my
presentation nobody got the answer wrong again.
Although I changed what I teach. my personal belief remains unchanged. I
still believe that anyone, who allows a "child' gain access to a
readily dischargeable firearm, other than when directly
supervised by an adult, should be charged with a felony.
Unsecured Gun Leads To 4-Year-Old Las Vegas Boy’s Death
KSNV NEWS 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada
reports 09-08-2017, prosecutors say a gun that killed a 4-year-old
Las Vegas boy was being kept between a bed frame and a mattress in a
southwest valley home.
The child found
the gun in a downstairs bedroom on Aug. 1, 2017, and shot himself.
His parents are now facing prison time for failing to lock up their