Gun Safety – WHO’s GOT YOUR GUN?
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When thinking of Gun Safety we need to keep in mind that a gun is a weapon that can cause serious bodily harm. We make the choice to have firearms for personal and home protection but many
times because of our carelessness the harm can be done to our loved ones. We see it all the time where children or even experienced gun handlers have injured, killed themselves or others because the proper safety measures were not taken. You should establish a routine and do the same thing the same way every time. Safety has to be the main focus.
When purchasing your firearm you should ask a few safety questions.
Q.) Does this firearm come with a trigger or slide lock?
A.) All new guns are required to come with one. If the gun is used ask if they have the lock for sale or information on where you may purchase one.
Q.) Where is the safety on the firearm?
A,) There is no requirement to have a safety on every firearm, so make sure that you are very comfortable with the operation of your firearm.
Q.) What other types of safety containers are available for firearms?
A.) LOCK BOXES can be inexpensive and range from $15 to $200 depending on size and need. Lock boxes are designed to first keep the firearm safe and away from others but also can protect the firearm from the elements that may damage the surface of the firearm. These boxes come with keys or a combination that should not be shared with anyone who has not been train to handle the firearm. If your firearm is not used for concealed carry this lock box has to be out of reach and view from those who could harm themselves.
SAFES are a little different in that the majority are made to be stationary and have dial combinations. They do manufacture small safes and they can be purchased for about $50 up to $10,000 depending on the need and amount of firearms you have. It is also a great idea, in addition to having your trigger lock and your lock box, to keep the firearm unloaded. Having these safety measures in place will help you maintain a safe firearm environment.
TRAINING your children of responsible age on gun safety and on how a firearm operates may be the deciding factor on how your child reacts upon discovering your weapon in the home. Many of our young kids do get trained but it’s training from friends or the streets. Take the time to discuss with them the seriousness of guns and the responsibility that comes with gun ownership. They should also be trained on what to do when in a situation where a friend has access to a firearm that they want to show off.
I truly believe that accidents can be prevented and lives can be saved if people take the time to get properly trained on how to properly handle, store, and operate firearms. The Gun owner is ultimately responsible if an injury occurs with a firearm that’s in their possession not being used for self- defense purposes. Let’s all work together in making gun safety a successful practice our homes.
For Business or Personal firearm training or obtaining your concealed weapons permit contact Damon at firstname.lastname@example.org.