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    Dear Parent or Guardian:

    In our ongoing effort to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, we are reaching out to share vital information mandated by Texas law regarding the safe storage of firearms. We understand that discussing and managing firearm safety can be challenging, and we are here to support our community in this important endeavor.

    In 2021, 4,613 Texans experienced gun-related deaths. The Texas Department of State Health Services (SHS) reports that 55% of Texas firearms deaths in 2020 were suicides and that 59% of all suicides in Texas were by firearms. Suicide attempts involving firearms have a 90% fatality rate. Restricting access to guns is critical in reducing acts of violence, whether as self-harm or towards others. Acts of mass violence and interpersonal violence often end in suicide.

    It is unlawful to store, transport, or abandon an unsecured firearm in a place where children are likely to be and can obtain access to the firearm. Under Texas Penal Code 46.13, a person commits the offense of making a firearm accessible to a child if the child gains access to a readily dischargeable firearm, and the person with criminal negligence:

    • Failed to secure the firearm; or
    • Left the firearm in a place to which the person knew or should have known the child would gain access

    The penalty for allowing a child access to a firearm can range from a Class C misdemeanor (punishable by a $500 fine) to a Class A misdemeanor (punishable by a $4000 fine, a year in jail, or a combination of the two).

    Remember, a gun should be stored unloaded in a safe or locked container, with ammunition stored elsewhere. You can learn more and find additional resources from the Texas Department of Public Safety at https://safegunstoragetexas.com. Remember, Texas exempts the purchase of firearm safety equipment from Texas Sales and Use Tax.

    Safe gun storage is critical to preventing suicide, unintentional shootings, and other tragedies.

    Sincerely, 
    Ginger Alford
    Director of Student Services
    Ginger.alford@brownwoodisd.org 

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