GUN VIOLENCE IN GEORGIA IS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS.
Georgia has some of the highest levels of gun-related violence in the country,
and it has taken a devastating toll on our communities. At a minimum, we need to do more to understand the risks and impact on public health.
The Pediatric Health Safe Storage Act (HB 161)
URGE GEORGIA LAWMAKERS TO act on legislation to protect children from gun violence.
The Pediatric Health Safe Storage Act (HB 161) aims to keep our children safer from gun violence — which is the number one cause of death in children and teens in the United States. This bill simply requires that guns that could be accessed by unsupervised minors be stored securely. The measure goes together with another piece of legislation, HB 855, which would provide for a tax credit for certain eligible expenses incurred for firearm safe storage devices.
On March 16th, 2023, the Pediatric Health Safe Storage Act (HB 161) became the only substantive piece of gun safety legislation to receive a hearing in the Republican majority state legislature in years. However, the committee chair refused to hold a vote on the bill, which is the only way this legislation can advance.
Inaction on the Pediatric Health Safe Storage Act (HB 161) is unacceptable. Please click below to contact your legislators and ask that common-sense measure to protect our children be given a fair hearing and come to a vote.
call or email today!
Contact House Speaker Burns and ask that HB 161 be recommitted to the Public Health Committee for a hearing and a vote!