New bill introduced to the Health Committee by Councilman Shaun Abreu, INT 1098-2023, Requiring the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to develop materials on the dangers of keeping a gun in the home.
From the bill text:
“… No later than 6 months after the effective date of the local law that added this section, the department, in consultation with the Office for Neighborhood Safety and the Prevention of Gun Violence, shall develop written materials containing information about the dangers of keeping a gun in the home. The department shall update the content of such materials on a yearly basis to reflect any changes in law, public health research, or both. Such materials shall include, but need not be limited to, the following information:
- Legal requirements pertaining to the safe storage of guns, including but not limited to rifles, shotguns, and firearms;
- Best practices for the safe storage of guns, including but not limited to rifles, shotguns, and firearms;
- Details regarding gun buyback programs;
- Health risk factors and exacerbation factors for gun injuries;
- Statistics on fatal and nonfatal shootings in the city;
- How to recognize at-risk persons for suicide and involvement in gun violence; and
- The relationship between intimate partner violence and gun violence.