In the tragic and horrifying wake of the recent series of public and school shootings, many people are reexamining their rights and duties as parents and gun owners. The essential legal question is, “Am I liable for criminal acts committed by my children?” In my opinion, the answer is generally yes.
If an an or omission on your part is central to the harm and allowed it to happen or provided the means for you child to do so, expect to bear the financial costs, in addition to the loss and grief it will cause your family and others affected. Those of you who know me or my work probably know that I’m a staunch and vocal supporter of the Second Amendment and the rights it confers upon us. I also view that right as carrying the heaviest of responsibilities in making sure that the guns we own are safe from the hands of children, fools and evil doers.
Below are some articles that will explain the financial and legal risks, if the responsibility for the safety of others alone is not enough to move you, as well as providing some essential safety tips for both parents who own guns and all gun owners. Get a gun safe, limit access to it, control your weapons at all times or you are simply not responsible enough to own one.
Parental Responsibility Laws In All 50 States
Asset Protection: Are Your Children a Lawsuit Exposure?
Gun Safety for Children: Information for Parents
Parents’ Liability For Acts Of Children May Extend Beyond Age 18
Parent Liability: Selected State Laws
Protecting and Passing On Your Gun Collection – Gun Trusts