The mother of a boy who was killed when his best friend accidentally shot him plans to testify in favor of a bill before the Utah Legislature.
Rep. David Jones, D-Salt Lake, is sponsoring a measure that would define civil liability from injuries and deaths caused by negligently stored firearms.Roberta Paul's 13-year-old son, LeRoy, was with two friends on Dec. 5 when he died. The boys had gone to 13-year-old Jeremy Bowden's home while no adults were there.
A 12-year-old boy pulled a 9mm Ruger pistol from a cabinet in the master bedroom and was handling the weapon when Paul was shot in the throat, according to police.
"My son was taken for no reason," Roberta Paul said. "It was an accident, but it's those parents' fault by leaving the gun where the boys could find it."
She will testify Wednesday before the House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in support of Jones' negligent storage of a firearm bill. Paul also filed suit Jan. 18 in 3rd District Court, accusing Jeremy's mother, Denise Bowden, and her boyfriend, Guy Taggert, of negligence in LeRoy's death.
Two other Utah boys also were killed earlier this month in separate incidents in Lehi and Beaver by handguns that playmates thought were unloaded.