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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Rep. Jim Wayne has proposed a bill that would require gun owners to keep their guns secured.

Hours after a 2-year-old boy was shot in the head Wednesday morning in Louisville, Wayne sent a letter to lawmakers asking them to take a closer look at his bill.

The 2-year-old boy is in critical condition at Norton Children’s Hospital. LMPD officers said at the scene it appeared to be accidental and self-inflicted.

“This gun causes extensive pain to a whole lot of families,” said Luther Brown, the leader of Little Hands, Little Feet, a gun safety advocacy group. “Before this gun can get in to the hands of the babies, it comes through an adult,” Luther said.

The bill says a person is guilty of unlawful storage of a firearm when it’s not secured by a box or container, a gun lock or on a person’s body. Unlawful storage would be a Class B misdemeanor, subject to a fine of up to $250 and up to 90 days in jail. If a child is hurt or killed by an unsecured gun, that would be a Class A misdemeanor, which could mean a $500 fine and up to year in jail.

Barry Laws, the owner of Open Range gun store in Crestwood, believes in safely securing guns, but he doesn't think this bill is how it should be done.

“We all agree it should be locked up, but there are better ways to do that that don't take away our rights that are actually better ways to do it,” Laws said, adding that making it a crime goes too far.

Wayne said a public hearing on his proposal this summer could help it pass next session.

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