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Which states require new handgun models to have childproofing features?

3 states have adopted this policy

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Alabama has not adopted this policy

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Alaska has not adopted this policy

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Arizona has not adopted this policy

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Arkansas has not adopted this policy

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California has adopted this policy

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Colorado has not adopted this policy

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Connecticut has not adopted this policy

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Delaware has not adopted this policy

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Florida has not adopted this policy

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Georgia has not adopted this policy

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Hawaii has not adopted this policy

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Idaho has not adopted this policy

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Illinois has not adopted this policy

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Indiana has not adopted this policy

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Iowa has not adopted this policy

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Kansas has not adopted this policy

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Kentucky has not adopted this policy

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Louisiana has not adopted this policy

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Maine has not adopted this policy

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Maryland has adopted this policy

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Massachusetts has adopted this policy

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Michigan has not adopted this policy

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Minnesota has not adopted this policy

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Mississippi has not adopted this policy

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Nevada has not adopted this policy

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New Hampshire has not adopted this policy

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New Jersey has not adopted this policy

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New Mexico has not adopted this policy

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New York has not adopted this policy

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North Carolina has not adopted this policy

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Ohio has not adopted this policy

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Oklahoma has not adopted this policy

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Oregon has not adopted this policy

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Pennsylvania has not adopted this policy

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Rhode Island has not adopted this policy

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South Carolina has not adopted this policy

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Tennessee has not adopted this policy

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Utah has not adopted this policy

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Vermont has not adopted this policy

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Virginia has not adopted this policy

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Washington has not adopted this policy

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West Virginia has not adopted this policy

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Wisconsin has not adopted this policy

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Wyoming has not adopted this policy

What It Does

For decades, gun manufacturers have refused to build basic childproofing features into their products—and have had a unique exemption from federal product safety oversight. Three states have acted to fill this gap, requiring new handgun models sold in the state to include technology that protects children. Critical innovations include loaded chamber indicators and magazine safety disconnects. No state currently requires authorized-use (or “smart gun”) technology.

The Impact

More than 4.6 million American children live in a house with at least one unlocked and loaded firearm.

Show Citations and Footnotes
Source: Cal. Penal Code § 31015(a); Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety § 5-406(a)(1)-(2); Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, § 131-¾. 

5.4M: Deborah Azrael and Matthew Miller, personal communication to Everytown, August 11, 2021, based on 2021 National Firearms Survey.

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