Democratic State Lawmakers Re-Introduce “Safe Storage for Gun Safety” Bills to Curtail Gun Violence and Accidental Shootings

MADISON – Today, Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) along with Representative Sue Conley (D-Janesville), Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), and Senator Kelda Roys (D-Madison) introduced a package of six bills to keep guns out of the hands of children and those who intend to use them for harm. The “Safe Storage for Gun Safety” bill package would take needed steps to address gun violence.

“Wisconsin families deserve the peace of mind that their loved ones are safe whether they are at home, at school, or out in the community,” said Rep. Subeck. “The ‘Safe Storage for Gun Safety’ package of legislation includes common-sense measures to keep guns out of the hands of children and dangerous individuals.”

  • LRB−0936 would require businesses that sell firearms to secure all firearms when the business is unattended. This legislation would prevent criminals who break into a gun store from simply walking off with as many handguns as they can carry. (Subeck/Larson)

  • LRB−1097 would require a gun owner to store firearms in a locked container or have a locking device engaged if a child is living in the residence or present in the home. (Subeck/Larson)

  • LRB−1099 would require that the seller provide the individual receiving the gun with a secure lockable container or trigger lock for the firearm at the time of sale or transfer of a gun. (Subeck/Taylor)

  • LRB−1100 would require reporting of lost or stolen firearms within 24 hours of discovering they are lost or stolen. This legislation enables law enforcement to trace guns more effectively and makes for the successful prosecution of users of stolen guns more likely. (Subeck/Taylor)

  • LRB-4334 deters firearm negligence by adding a Class A misdemeanor if an individual leaves a firearm in their unattended and unlocked vehicle, and the firearm is subsequently stolen.(Conley/Roys)

  • LRB-5408 would require a gun owner to store firearms in a locked container or with a locking device engaged, except when carrying the firearm, if a person who cannot legally possess a firearm lives in the residence. (Subeck/Larson)

“Gun violence and accidental shootings continue to pose serious public health and public safety risks,” said Rep. Subeck. “To make our communities safer, the ‘Safe Storage for Gun Safety’ plan would prevent gun violence and accidental deaths by keeping firearms out of those who simply should not have them.“ 

Representative Lisa Subeck has represented the 78th Assembly District since 2015 and serves as vice-chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus.