In the last month alone, Washington State has seen three accident child shooting incidents in which two children were killed and a third was critically injured. Because Washington sees about only one accidental child shooting death per year, the cluster of incidents has many wondering if the state should consider stricter firearm safety laws. On the other hand, those who do not support more gun laws say the tragedies should simply be a reminder to practice gun safety.
Punishment for adults who leave firearms with kids?
Currently, there are no laws that specifically state that leaving a loaded gun near children constitutes reckless endangerment. While some believe that the current laws make it clear that some of those involved in these recent incidents should face criminal charges under existing laws, others believe that having a more specific law regarding guns and kids could save lives in the future.
Possible charges in recent cases
Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist told reporters that an investigation into the recent accidental child shooting in Tacoma would reveal whether or not manslaughter charges will be filed against the boyfriend of the child’s mother. In that case, the man in possession of the gun allegedly broke the law when he left the gun in the car unattended. In the Kitsap County accidental shooting that took place in February, both the mother of the 9-year-old boy who brought the gun to school and her boyfriend are facing third-degree assault charges.
Seattle child injury and accident attorney
It is yet to be seen whether any of the people involved in these tragic child shooting accidents will face civil lawsuits, such as personal injury suits or wrongful death suits. If your child has been injured or killed due to the carelessness or negligence of someone else, speak with a Seattle child injury lawyer
at the Andrew Kim Law Firm today.
Category: Kids Safety, Children Injuries and Accidents
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