Last year, nine children in Maryland were killed or wounded in accidental shootings in homes. Gov. William Donald Schaefer is pushing a bill in the state legislature to require that guns be stored so no one under 18 can reach them. That would mean the guns would be under lock and key, placed in a locked box or have a trigger lock. The maximum penalty would be a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. Seven states have similar legislation.
The Evening Sun would like to know what you think. Do you feel such a law would accomplish its goal of preventing accidental shootings in households? Do you think stronger measures should be taken? Or, do you believe the bill is not needed at all?
To register your opinion, call SUNDIAL at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 in Anne Arundel County) today through midnight Sunday. After you hear the greeting, you'll be asked to punch in a four-digit code on your touch-tone phone. Punch 4600 and you'll be connected with "It's Your Call," The Evening Sun's phone survey on topical issues.
Look for the results in tomorrow's Evening Sun.