KEEPING FIREARMS WITH CHILDREN IN THE HOUSE

March 1, 2019

 

The choice to keep a gun in the house is a serious decision. Gun owners should have a clear understanding of the responsibilities to receive proper training, handle firearms safely, and store guns away from children or unauthorized users.

 

Most gun owners choose to keep a gun in the house to defend themselves, their loved ones and their property. While you want to keep guns out of the hands of kids, you also want to be able to access your gun if you need it.

 

The safest way to keep a gun is to carry it on your person. When they are not in a holster or on your person in some other manner, they should be locked up.

 

Gun Locks

Gun locks are compact and mount directly on the gun to prevent an unauthorized person from using the gun. Most gun locks are key-lock systems. Trigger locks are simple and affordable and prevent a person from pulling back the trigger, eliminating the possibility of misfire.

 

Cable locks block the barrel of the firearm and prevent the cylinder from closing. In a semi-automatic pistol, it can prevent a magazine from being loaded thus preventing the use of ammunition. 

 

Strong Boxes and Lock Boxes

Gun or Lock Boxes are a portable security option that allows you to secure your gun either in your home or car or when you travel. Most utilize a key or an electronic keypad to access the box.

 

Biometric safes

A biometric gun safe uses an individual’s fingerprint to access the gun. It can be can be mounted to the interior of a desk or kept in a nightstand and accessed quickly if needed.

 

Gun Safes

Gun safes vary in size, construction and accessibility but are generally considered to be the most secure gun storage option for preventing unauthorized access to your gun. They are also the most costly option and would take the longest to access your weapon.

 

Make sure you buy a safe that is the best quality for what you can afford to spend. The larger the safe, the more it will cost. The thicker the steel gauge used in the safe construction, the higher the price.

 

Additional measures

Parents and caregivers that own firearms can take simple steps to prevent an accidental firearm-related injury in their home.

 

  1. Eliminate access to guns. Many firearms-related accidents occur because children come across an unlocked, loaded gun and become curious. By removing access to firearms, children are protected.
  2. Use gun locking devices to make firearms inoperable to others. If you choose to keep a firearm for home security, your objective should be to create a situation in which the firearm is readily available to you, yet inaccessible or inoperative to others. Special lockable cases that can be quickly opened only by authorized individuals are options to consider.
  3. Properly store all firearms in your home. If you carry a firearm on a daily basis, be sure to secure it when you get home. Firearms should be unloaded and secured in a separate locked cabinet or gun safe that is inaccessible to children.
  4. Store Ammunition separate from your gun. Ammunition should be stored in a locked location separate from firearms.
  5. Check firearms before storing. Make sure to double check your firearm to be sure it is unloaded before putting it up for storage.
  6. Teach children basic firearms safety rule. Stop. Don’t touch the gun. Leave the area and tell an adult about the gun.

 

Remember, it is our right to keep and bear arms, but it also our responsibility to do so safely.