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CNMI. 2003 ‘Civil Liability and Criminal Liability.’ The Minor Children Firearms Control Act; Sections 2271 and 2272. Saipan: Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. 5 December

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Section 2271. Civil Liability

Any person who owns or possesses a firearm shall have a positive duty to take all reasonable precautions to keep that firearm out of the possession of minors. Any person who fails in this duty shall be civilly liable for any damages caused to any person as a result.

2272. Criminal Liability.

(a) Giving a Firearm to a Minor. Any person who allows a minor to use or possess a firearm without adult supervision shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) and thirty days imprisonment.

(b) Any person who owns or possesses a firearm, and who fails to secure that firearm in such a manner that it is not easily accessible to minor children, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) and three days imprisonment.

"Easily accessible" means that the minor child can get access to the firearm without unusual exertions such as breaking a door or window, picking a lock, etc. For purposes of this subsection, a firearm that is kept locked in a secure location with the key or combination kept out of the possession of minor children, shall be presumed not easily accessible.

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