Kids and Firearm Safety Tips
Over thirty percent of homes in the US have guns. If you do have a firearm as well as kids in your house, make sure you talk to them about safety and what they should do when they find a gun. First of all, keeping the weapon out-of-sight and out-of-reach is the cardinal rule to remember. Second, always keep the gun locked and empty, and the ammunition must be stored separately.
Guns and Play
Whether or not you allow your kids to play with toy guns is your personal choice, and it is also you decision how you must respond to their shooting action while playing. Keep in mind that while you may not allow your children to play toy guns, that does not mean they friends won’t. You need to explain to the kids that real guns can seriously injure or even kill people. There are three things you need to tell your children to do when they come across a gun – stop whatever they are doing, leave the area and call an adult. It is crucial for a child to actually leave the area so he can be spared from accidents, in case there’s another child there who does not know that he’s not supposed to touch the gun. A three-year-old child is already capable of pulling a trigger.
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There are many kids who reside in homes with guns, especially when the family enjoys recreational hunting. If you have a gun in your home, you should properly educate your kids on conducting themselves safely and responsibly in the presence of the weapon. And remember these family safety rules:
1. Take the ammunition out.
2. Make sure the gun is locked and put it in a place your kids cannot reach (hiding is not enough).
3. Store the ammunition separately from the gun, and ensure that it is locked.
4. Keep the keys to the gun and ammunition away from where you keep your household keys.
5. Do not forget to lock up your gun-cleaning supplies as well as they are usually toxic.
6. When cleaning a gun, never leave it unattended even for a while.
Give your local police a call (not 911 or any emergency center) if there is a gun you own or found in your home that would like to be disposed of. There are different laws in different states, but usually, cops will investigate if the firearm was involved in any criminal activity, and then it will be destroyed.
There is another option, a program that brings unwanted guns to a certain place where they would be unusable. Contact your local police to know if there is such a program in your community.