Sunday, May 15, 2011

Gun Safety

Teaching your child about gun safety is your responsibility. Teach your child that he or she must not touch a gun in your home or those of their friends homes. Talking openly about gun safety with your child is usually more effective than just ordering them leave them alone. Kids are curious, uniformed children are likely to get hurt! Teach them the following rules about guns.

  • Stop! Never assume that the gun is a toy.
  • Don't Touch!
  • If your child finds a gun outside somewhere it is possable that the gun could have been used in a crime. Fingerprints on the gun could be destroyed if touched. And the gun could be loaded and ready to fire.
  • Leave the Area!
  • Tell an Adult! If the gun is found outside the police should be called as soon as possable and directed to the scene.
  • Treat every gun as if it is loaded and ready to fire, even if you know it is empty.

  • Let them know that guns are capable of destruction, bodily injury, and possible death if misused.

Store guns somewhere so that they are inaccessible to children and others. Keep them locked up. With the keys for the gun and ammunition in a different area from where they are stored.

If your child knows where your gun is teach them not to tell their friends and schoolmates that there are firearms in the house.

Use a gun trigger lock. And Teach your children not to handle guns without your supervision.

Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. Where if the gun discharged nobody would get hurt. A safe direction is to point it at the ground and to the side.

Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. Keep it alongside the frame.

Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use, and Store the ammunition apart from the gun.

Never allow horseplay even if you know that it is unloaded.

Discuss gun safety with other parents if your child spends time in their homes.


If your child hears another child saying that they are going to bring a gun to school tell them that is is very important to tell a teacher, the principal or another responsible adult. These threats should be taken seriously.


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