By DAVID EGGERT
LANSING, AP — The big sister of a teenager killed in the rampage at Oxford High School urged Michigan lawmakers on Tuesday to pass legislation mandating the safe storage of firearms, calling it a sensible way to prevent future shootings.
Reina St. Juliana, a junior at the school, noted that the mass attack followed many others in other states over the years. Four students – Hana St. Juliana, Justin Shilling, Madisyn Baldwin and Tate Myre – were killed, and six other students and a teacher were injured.
“Why don’t we try to stop him?” The system that allows the shooter access to a gun is the same system that failed Justin, Madisyn, Hana, and Tate. There’s no reason, no excuse that they’re not all here and have their future taken away from them,” St. Juliana said at a press conference at the state Capitol, where she spoke. was joined by state Attorney General Dana Nessel, Democratic lawmakers and gun safety advocates.
In June, five months before the killings, Democrats introduced bills aimed at holding adults accountable for failing to secure their guns.
The 15-year-old charged in the attack, Ethan Crumbley, illegally possessed a handgun his father had purchased days earlier. The parents, who face manslaughter charges, are accused of making the gun available to Ethan and failing to intervene when he showed signs of mental distress at home and school .
The law would require adults to keep a firearm in a securely locked container if they know it is accessible to minors. If a minor obtained the gun and used it to kill or injure, the adult could face up to five years in prison.
There would be exceptions if minors were permitted to engage in activities such as target shooting and hunting.
Gun safes such as safes, safes and trigger locks would be exempt from Michigan sales tax.
Republicans who control the Legislature did not hold a hearing on the bills.
“I find it difficult to understand why it has not been adopted and implemented. It could have saved my sister,” St. Juliana said. “I could have spent Christmas with Hana. I could have started 2022 with my favorite person by my side. And we could have had our family dinners without a missing seat open at the dining table.
A message seeking comment was left for Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey. He said there is a balance between eliminating all risk without also removing people’s freedoms. He suggested signs had been missed regarding the shooter.