Yes. You can. If you know or have reason to believe that your child (under the age of 14) who does not possess a valid FOID card is likely to gain access to the firearm without lawful permission, and that child causes death or great bodily harm with the firearm, you will likely be held liable. There are exceptions in the law. Below is the statute:
- Secured by a device or mechanism, other than the firearm safety, designed to render a firearm temporarily inoperable; or
- Placed in a securely locked box or container; or
- Placed in some other location that a reasonable person would believe to be secure from a minor under the age of 14 years.
Owners of firearms should take extra precautions when storing their weapon when children are in the home or the owner has reason to believe a child could access the area where the firearm is stored.
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