This is a guest post by Madison Parker, an expert writer on subjects related to home security systems. Read more on her blog Home Security Systems.net.
Gun safety might not seem like an issue for professionals who know how to properly use firearms. However, children could easily pick up the weapons and use them on themselves.
Adults should always keep their weapons concealed from children and locked extremely securely, so that their children never use them indoors.
The decision to keep a firearm at home is always laden with risks. Many of the worst accidents often involve children finding unlocked firearms at home in plain sight. Children could even find loaded weaponry at other neighbors’ homes if the adults are not careful enough.
As a general rule, adults should unload all their ammunition from their guns. They should lock the guns up in a place where children are least likely to find them. According to the National Institute of Justice survey, people often store their handguns in the bedroom, where children will likely find them and use them inadvertently. Thus, adults should try to find a place to hide their guns besides the bedroom.
Parents should always stay ahead of their children when they are securing their firearms. They should store the ammunition and the actual weapon separate from each other, so that no one has the sense to load the gun indoors. They should also lock up the ammunition, so that children never use their parents’ ammunition to load another person’s gun.
Most of all, parents and guardians should hide their keys in a place where no one can easily get a hold of them. If people are willing to maximize the security of their guns, they could store their gun keys in a heavy duty safe with a number passcode. Otherwise, most families could simply find free safety kits for their guns and ammunition at their local police department.
Some organizations provide gun owners with safety kits as well. Project ChildSafe is a government organization that distributes free safety kits. These kits include a cable-style gun locking device, installation instructions and a special safety booklet. People can simply order the safety kit online at the company’s website, projectchildsafe.com.
Adults should also maintain the gun locks so that they work properly. As a few general rules, people should keep the cable away from the trigger lock at all times. They should push the cable into the padlock and tug on it, to make sure the lock stays tight. They should then store the key to the lock separately from the key to the firearm. Most of all, they should make sure to store the keys in place where children are least likely to find them.
Guns are dangerous weapons, but adults can keep them out of the reach of children. They may have to hide them in a hard-to-reach place, but they can still keep them in their house as long as they have the proper safeguards.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with something in the above article? Do you have gun safety pointers to share?