Created: April 01, 2020 06:54 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Schools across the state are closed and Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham is asking everyone is stay at home, but gun safety advocates are worried about the effect that could have on domestic violence.
The New Mexico Chapter of Moms Demand Action is warning parents to make sure any guns in the home are secured and away from children.
Cheryl Haase, with Moms Demand Action, has concerns about the stay-at-home order and domestic violence, especially when it comes to gun violence.
“When there’s a gun present in a domestic violence situation, a woman is five times more likely to be shot and killed. So that is a real concern that we have,” she said.
In Albuquerque, the good news is that police said they haven’t noticed an increase so far.
“A lot of individuals were worried that we could see an increase in domestic violence,” said Harold Medina, APD Deputy Chief of Police. “We've yet to see that which is a good thing and we hope that that trend continues.”
Haase is also concerned about unsecured guns in homes and children having access to them.
“Right now, 4.6 million children in the United States live in homes with unsecured guns,” said Haase. “The research shows that the majority of kids know where their parents store their guns, so this is a big problem now that kids are home 24/7 and bored that there could be many more unintentional shootings by children.”
Haase said it’s important to secure guns and store ammunition separately.
“If you don’t have a gun lock, we at moms demand action give those out for free if someone wanted to contact us,” she said.
Haase said you can get a free gun lock at La Mesa Presbyterian Church during food pantry hours between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Monday-Friday.
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