The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation this week creating stronger regulations for the safe storage of firearms and the appearances of imitation weapons to prevent unintentional gun violence. Sen. Liz Krueger and Sen. Brad Hoylman sponsored the bills.

The gun safety legislation advanced by the Senate Majority will establish penalties for anyone who has a child under 16 in their home and who doesn’t properly store any firearm or render it incapable of being fired by using an appropriate gun-locking device.

It will also require that imitation weapons must be entirely brightly colored or be constructed entirely of transparent or translucent materials, and be manufactured with other identifying features.

“Our primary responsibility as legislators is to keep New York families safe. It’s simply common sense that young children should not have unsupervised access to dangerous weapons, and no responsible gun owner would disagree,” said Krueger. “Too many times, we have seen the tragic results when kids get their hands on guns. These tragedies are preventable, and today we took an important step that will save lives and keep families whole.