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Gun Safety In The Home

As the owner of firearms, you are responsible for securing them in a safe and secure manner, especially if there are children in the home.

Although accidental shootings in homes have significantly gone down in the past few years, more can be done to protect those who live in homes that have rifles, shotguns, pistols, and other firearms in them. Both adults and children can and should learn to be gun safety conscious to insure the prevention of firearm related accidents and deaths in and around the home.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has put together a pamphlet that all gun owners should read.

Rules for Safe Storage of Sporting Firearms

(1) Always unload sporting firearms carefully and completely before taking them into the home, remembering to keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Never load a sporting firearm in the home.

(2) Always make absolutely sure that firearms in your home are securely stored out of the reach of children. Unloaded firearms can be secured with a firearm locking device to make them inoperable. Unloaded firearms also can be stored in a locked cabinet, safe, firearm vault or storage case.

(3) Always clean and place firearms in their proper storage location immediately after returning from a hunting trip or a day at the range.

(4) Always re-check firearms carefully and completely to be sure that they are still unloaded when you remove them from storage. Accidents have occurred when a family member has borrowed or loaned a firearm and returned it to storage while it was still loaded.

(5) Remember: You are responsible for making certain the firearms in your home are not casually accessible to anyone--especially curious young people.

(6) Treat every firearm as if it were loaded. Keep your fingers off the trigger. Don't rely on your firearm's "safety" device.

(7) The owner's manual that came with the firearm must be read and understood.

Firearm accidents in the home can be prevented simply by making sure that firearms are kept unloaded and safely stored, with ammunition secured in a separate location.

More than 40 million Americans enjoy using rifles, shotguns and handguns for hunting and target shooting. When these firearms are not being used, they must be safely and securely stored. This is where firearms responsibility in the home begins--and ends.

Firearms Kept for Home Security

The decision to maintain a firearm in the home for self-protection is a serious, personal matter. Any added safety benefit gained from owning a firearm depends in large measure on the owner's have appropriate training and clear understanding of safe handling and storage rules. Factors such as individual temperament, reaction to emergency situations, specific family circumstances and support for your having a firearm in the home from other adults in the household must be considered.

If you feel the need for quick access to a loaded firearm in your home, you must take special safety measures. keeping a firearm to defend your family makes no sense if that same firearm puts family members or visitors to your home at risk.

In keeping a firearm for home security, your objective should be to have the firearm readily available to you, yet not accessible to others. Special lockable cases that can be quickly opened by authorized individuals are options to consider.

You must exercise full control and supervision over a loaded firearm at all times. This means the firearm must be unloaded and placed in secure storage whenever you leave your home. Secure ammunition separately.

Fatal home firearms accidents can occur when children discover firearms that adults thought were safely hidden or out of reach.

RESPONSIBLE: Your most important responsibility is ensuring that children cannot encounter loaded firearms. The precautions you take must be effective. Anything less invites tragedy and is a serious violation of your responsibility as a firearm owner.

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