As someone with a passion for firearms, protecting your family is high on your priority list. Part of that passion is ensuring your children are safe around guns. While we are sure you are doing a good job of that, it never hurts to review some general safety guidelines.
TEACHING KIDS ABOUT GUN SAFETY
Some believe that the best way to teach kids about firearms is to teach them to fear these tools. However, fear does teach children what to do should they encounter a situation that involves a firearm. The best way to ensure that your children are safe is to remove the mystery of firearms and educate them. Here are some gun safety tips that should be shared with your children:
- Always keep guns pointed way from people.
- Never put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to fire the gun.
- Always assume the gun is loaded.
- A child’s access to a firearm largely depends on the maturity of the child.
Perhaps some believe that children should not handle firearms at all, but there have been cases in which children who had access to and were trained to use firearms protected their families in dangerous situations. However, it’s also important to remember the legal issues. If a child has access to a readily dischargeable firearm and harms themselves or an innocent third party, the owner of the firearm will likely face criminal and civil charges.
STORING GUNS SAFELY
The proper storage of firearms is a huge factor when it comes to keeping children and others safe. Here are a few tips for safely storing firearms:
- Unload the gun when it is stored.
- It is a good idea to use a gun lock or to keep your firearm in a gun safe or lock box. Trigger locks are not recommended as they have been known to be easily compromised.
- Keep your ammunition in a separate storage from your firearms.
- Do not store your gun lock keys with your household keys.
- Never leave an unlocked gun unattended.
CARRYING YOUR GUN
Handgun owners are likely to carry their weapon, either concealed or open-carry. There are some general safety guidelines for carrying as well.
- While there may be some debate, you should always carry a firearm locked and loaded if you plan on using it defensively.
- It is not in your best interest to let others know that you are carrying a firearm.
- Holsters should fit your sidearm, hold tight to the body, and be comfortable.
- Above all, always keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target, and you’re ready to shoot.
That wraps up our list of gun safety tips. Continue to protect your family. Educate your children about gun safety and practice safe storage and handling at all times.
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