Studies by the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, which is based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, are informing two New Mexico teenagers advocating for state legislation aimed at preventing children from accessing firearms, to help stop incidents such as school shootings or suicides.
The Child Access Prevention Act, which is planned for presentation during the next legislative session in January, would hold New Mexico gun owners liable for not properly securing weapons away from children 17 or younger. Sanctions for violators could depend on whether the gun was loaded or unloaded and how the minor who obtained the firearm used it.
As part of their advocacy, Sophia Lussiez and Julia Mazal, both of Sante Fe, are reviewing gun violence studies and laws in other states. In addition to the Center for Gun Policy and Research, the teens have tapped the Giffords Law Center and Miranda Viscoli, co-president of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence.