The US House of Representatives passes the Safe Storage of Guns Act named after Santa Fe HS victim Kimberly Vaughan

WASHINGTON (KTRK) – A series of gun safety-related bills passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, including the Kimberly Vaughan Safe Storage Act.

“I’m really relieved! It was a lot of work and it took a long time. We’ve been trying to educate people about safekeeping for four years, and I feel like we’ve taken a baby step forward today. said Rhonda Hart, Kimberly’s mother.

Kimberly was one of 10 people killed in her art class at Santa Fe High School in May 2018 by a teenage classmate who stole his father’s unsecured guns.

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Hart joined other families from Parkland, Fla., and Newtown, Connecticut, in Washington DC school shootings Wednesday and met with lawmakers to urge them to pass their daughter’s law.

“It states that if a company manufactures a certain quantity of guns, it must provide safekeeping information in the gun packaging, as well as websites and other training materials about safekeeping,” Hart said.

The bill also provides a 10-year, $10 million grant for Native American tribes to organize their own secure storage education programs.

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“It’s totally more literate, which I love because Kimberly was a real smartass,” Hart said.
Hart, along with Scot Rice, husband of injured substitute teacher Flo Rice, and Christina Delgado, whose daughter was at school during the shooting, know the home run was a small victory.

There is still more work to be done as the Senate takes up these bills. They still hope for unity.

“It’s also a time for us to come together for a common purpose. As gun owners, as non-gun owners. As people. As Americans. To save our children and our people in our communities. This is not a political issue. It should never be a political issue. We must come together to begin the process of return and have responsible gun owners at the forefront of these conversations,” Delgado said.

Hart and these Santa Fe families will continue to travel to DC until the Kimberly Vaughan Safe Storage Act goes into effect.

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