Enmeshed in the right to possess a firearm is the duty of care. Thus, the duty of care applies not only to using a firearm, but also to safeguarding the firearm from reasonably anticipated improper use by others. The liability of a person for permitting, or for leaving, a firearm accessible to children has been based upon failure to exercise the required duty of care in regard to a dangerous instrumentality.It is the objective of this note to consider whether or not the doctrine of absolute liability should be extended to hold that when a person permits a child to have a firearm, or leaves one accessible to him, he is absolutely liable for any injury or damage to real or personal property that occurs after the firearm has been discharged by the child.

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