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Saratoga Springs Adopts New Safe Storage Law Named After Child Shooting Victim


In December 2010, 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin, of Wilton, was accidentally shot and killed by a friend. Since then, advocates have been pushing the Spa City to adopt Nicholas’s Law, which requires guns to be locked up and out of the reach of children and makes violations punishable as a felony.
Praising the work of local activists, all five members of the Saratoga Springs city council discussed the importance of the law requiring the safe storage of firearms at Tuesday’s meeting.
“I know we’ve been wanting this for many years. We’re happy to deliver a new ordinance tonight and let’s hope it saves lives in the future,” said mayor Joanne Yepsen.
The mayor said she hopes Saratoga Springs’ law will encourage other communities to do the same.

Lucas Willard is a news reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011. He produces and hosts The Best of Our Knowledge and WAMC Listening Party.
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