Kids and Firearm Safety Tips
More than one-third of US households have guns. If you have a firearm and you have children in your house, you need to explain to them the potential dangers and how they must act 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, the gun should be unloaded as well as locked, and the ammunition must be kept separately.
Guns and Play
It is your personal decision whether or not you let your kids play with toy guns, and how you respond when they “shoot” during play. You can ban toys guns in your home, but their friends can still play with them. You have to make your kids understand that real guns can seriously harm people or even kill them. Tell your children to do three things the moment they come near a gun – stop whatever it is they are doing, walk away and tell an adult. It is crucial that a child actually leaves the area to avoid getting harmed by any other child there who might not know that he must not touch the gun. A child as young as three is already well capable of firing a handgun.
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A Gun in Your Home
The Beginners Guide To Firearms (From Step 1)
There are many kids who reside in homes with guns, especially when the family enjoys recreational hunting. If you must keep a gun inside your house, you should take the time to teach your kids how to act safely and responsibly around the weapon. And remember these family safety rules:
1. Empty the gun of ammunition.
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. Store the gun and ammunition keys away from your household keys, and keep them out of the kids’ reach.
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.
If you intend to dispose of a gun you own or have found one in your home, contact your local police, not 911 or any emergency service. Different laws apply in different states, but in most cases, cops will investigate whether or not the firearm was used in a crime, and will then destroy it.
Another disposal option is a program that takes unwanted guns to a particular place where they will be made unusable. Ask your local police if there is such a program in your area.