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Gun Safety With Kids in the House

By Suz Redfearn
WebMD Feature

How do you keep kids safe when you have guns in your home? After all, a child as young as 3 has the strength to pull a trigger.

Bill Brassard, director of Project ChildSafe, a gun-safety education program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, has some simple tips for parents:

  • Always keep guns locked and out of reach of children.
  • Store ammunition in a place different from the guns.
  • Never leave a gun out and unattended.
  • Tell your kids never to touch a gun or gun parts -- in your house or anyone else’s.

“It’s a gun owner’s most important responsibility to keep their firearms from falling into the wrong hands -- and that includes children,” Brassard says. “They are just not mature enough to exercise good judgment around guns.”

Gun Locks and Safes

How do you make sure a gun is locked securely? Most new guns come with robust security that makes shooting impossible, says Mark Warner with Blue Ridge Arsenal, an indoor shooting range and gun shop in Chantilly, VA. One type is like a vise that covers the trigger. The other is a thick cable that fits into the barrel.

You can buy locks for older guns or those that didn’t come with locks. Or call your local law enforcement agency. Many police and sheriff's departments work with Project ChildSafe to provide cable-style gun locks to people who ask for them.

Security is key for gun storage, too. “We know children are curious and are good at finding things adults think are hidden. So just hiding a gun under some sweaters on a shelf in your closet is not safe storage,” Brassard says. “Instead, you need a safe or a secure gun case.”

Cases and safes that lock can hold one gun or several. Many come with a combination or key lock. Some new models feature locks that require a fingerprint or palm scan to open.

Store and lock the ammunition apart from the guns, Brassard says, and keep the keys for each in a different place -- all out of the reach of kids. Don't forget to lock up toxic gun-cleaning supplies like solvents and oils.

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