Gun Violence

Safe storage, supervision, and talking about risk are some of the important steps for prevention of firearm injuries.

Firearm Safety Tips

  • Store firearms unloaded and locked with a firearm safe, locked box, trigger or
    chamber lock.
  • Store and LOCK ammunition in a separate place from your firearms.
  • Remove firearms from your home if you have a depressed or suicidal family member.
  • Before you send your child to someone’s

    • ASK if firearms in the home are stored unloaded and locked.
    • ASK if the ammunition is stored separately.
    • ASK if there are shotguns and rifles in the home too, not just handguns.
    • Invite the children to play at your home if you have doubts about the
      safety of someone else’s home.
  • Talk with your children about the risk of firearm injury in places they may visit or play.
  • Teach your child that if they find a firearm, leave it alone and let an adult know right away.
  • Instruct your child to leave the room immediately and tell an adult if another child shows him or her a weapon.

Download the printable Firearm Safety tip card