Gun Safety Tips for Homes with Households with Children
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, always keep the weapon out of sight and out of reach. Second, always keep the gun locked and empty, and the ammunition must be stored separately.
Play and Guns
It is your choice whether or not you let your kids play with toy guns, and so is how you respond when they make the shooting action during play. Remember, you may ban toy guns at home, but their friends may still have them. You have to make your kids understand that real guns can seriously harm people or even kill them. Have your kids memorize three things to do whenever they come in contact with a gun: stop any activity they are doing, walk out of the area where the gun is and inform 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 who is at least three years old can already fire a gun.
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Many kids grow up in homes with guns, especially when their parents are hunting aficionados. If you have a gun in your house, you should take the time to educate your kids about how to stay safe and act responsibly around it. And take note of the following safety precautions:
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. 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. Do not leave the gun unattended even for a few minutes while cleaning it.
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.
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.