Originally Posted by Tom Servo
I'd submit that anyone foolish enough to leave loaded firearms poorly stored around children isn't likely to follow a law mandating minimum storage requirements.
And therein lies the crux of the issue.
First, accidental deaths by firearms are so rare that most studies don't even list them separately, instead lumping them in with all statistically minor causes, under "Other". "Other" combined together add to small percentages, firearms alone are not a blip on the radar.
Second, responsible persons already prevent unauthorized access in some reasonable way.
Third, unreasonable persons will not comply with any such safe storage laws. Just like seat belts and helmets. I've never known a single person who wears one because its the law but I know quite a few people who refuse even though it is or even specifically BECAUSE it is the law.