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Children need to know about gun safety

Submitted by on June 14, 2019 – 12:38 amNo Comment

According to the Michigan State Police, thirty-three percent of U.S. households have a gun in the home and half of the owners do not properly secure them, creating a dangerous situation – especially when children are in the home.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,337 American children under age 18 died as the result of a gunshot in 2010.

State Police say child deaths can be prevented if gun owners take more precautions and parents and guardians talk to kids about gun safety.

“Parents and guardians need to educate their children about what to do if they see a gun,” said Ashley Simpson, Community Service Trooper. “If a child finds a gun they must stop what they’re doing, do not touch the gun, leave the area, then tell an adult.”

The MSP has released a list of tips gun owners should follow to make sure their weapons are safely and securely stored away from children. A list of those tips can be viewed below.

• Store firearms in a locked cabinet, safe, gun vault or storage case when not in use, ensuring the gun(s) is in a location inaccessible by children and cannot be handled by anyone without your permission.
• Remove ammunition from the firearm and store the ammunition in a locked location separate from the firearm.
• Store the key for the firearm case/cabinet and the ammunition in a different area from where you store household keys. Keep the keys out of the reach of children.
• Use a gun-locking device that renders the firearm inoperable when not in use. A gun lock should be used as an additional safety precaution and not as a substitute for secure storage.
• Gun-cleaning supplies are often poisonous, and should also be locked up to prevent access by children.
• Educate everyone in your household about firearms safety.

All parents should talk to their children about the dangers of guns. Children should be told not to touch guns, and to tell an adult if they find a gun. Parents should also ask if guns are safely stored at places their children visit or play.