People own guns for many reasons, such as hunting, self-defense and collecting. When there is a gun in the home, it is important to take action to prevent unintended injuries. These actions are essential if there are children in the home. Keep these eight tips in mind for properly using and owning a gun.
1. Lock It Up
According to the Safe Kids website, guns should be locked in a cabinet. The lock should be childproof. Guns should be unloaded when they are locked. Ideally, the locked cabinet should be out of a child’s sight and reach.
2. Lock the Ammo
You should also lock up your ammunition. The ammunition should be stored in a separate locked cabinet from where the guns are locked. While this may seem inconvenient, it is crucial for the safety of children living in or visiting your home.
3. Use Child-resistant Gun Locks
Even if there are only rare visits of a child to your home, it is important to use child-resistant gun locks. You may forget that there is a gun left out if children only rarely visit your house. Having a lock on the gun helps to prevent a child from accidentally pulling the trigger. These locks are inexpensive and are often given out for free at shooting ranges and gun shops.
4. Keep the Gun in Your Sight
When your gun is not locked, keep it in your line of vision. A curious individual could make a quick grab for it. Knowing where your gun is at all times will help you to avoid accidental discharges of the weapon.
5. Teach Children About Gun Safety
Kids may see guns in movies and think they are fun. Many toys are designed to look like real guns. It is important to teach children respect for the gun. Teach children to not touch any gun and to report any gun that they see, especially when your child is visiting someone’s house or if a guest of yours has brought a new gun into your home.
6. Point the Muzzle Safely
When your gun is loaded, keep its muzzle pointed in a place where no person would be injured in the event of an accidental discharge. Project Child Safe explains that this can help to prevent an unintended injury.
7. Unload Your Gun
Upon returning home from hunting or the firing range, unload it. Double and triple check that there is no ammo in the chamber. Check again before you lock the gun in its cabinet.
8. Don’t Touch the Trigger
Do not touch the trigger until you are ready to fire. An accidental bump or twitch of your hand could cause the gun to fire.