|FIREARMS SAFETYMisuse of a firearm can easily cause serious injury or death. Be a responsible owner... protect yourself, your family and others. Assume that every firearm is loaded, don't let it fall into the wrong hands, and practice other safety precautions and laws.|
Responsible Firearm Ownership
- Know local, state and federal laws regarding the use of firearms.
- Know how to properly handle, clean, load, lock and store your firearm.
- Never allow a firearm to be present when drugs or alcohol are being used.
- Never display a firearm at a social gathering.
- Clean a firearm by yourself in a safe place and never leave it unattended even for a moment.
- Load your firearm only when you intend to fire it.
Where, When, How and Who
- Always empty the ammunition from your firearm prior to storing.
- Use a barrel lock, trigger lock, cylinder lock or a locking firearm case, or keep your firearm in a locked gun safe.
- Store ammunition separately, in a locked container, away from the firearm, heat and moisture.
- Never throw ammunition in the trash.
- Carry the keys for the gun and ammunition containers with you at all times or keep them locked in a spot that only you know.
- Never store a gun under a mattress or pillow, or on top of a bedside table.
- To help ensure that your firearm does not end up in the hands of a criminal, don't store it among valuables such as jewelry where it might be stolen.
- Nearly all childhood unintentional shooting deaths occur in or near the home.
- Most childhood unintentional shooting deaths involve guns that have been kept loaded and accessible to children and occur when children play with loaded guns.
- Children as young as three are strong enough to pull the trigger of many of the handguns sold in the United States.
- Unintentional shootings among children occur most often when children are unsupervised and out of school.
- Shootings in rural areas are more likely to occur outdoors with a shotgun or rifle; shootings in urban areas are more likely to occur indoors and with a handgun.
- Two safety devices, gun locks and load indicators, could prevent a significant percentage of unintentional firearm deaths.
- Gun design changes can prevent unintentional firearm death and injury in children; every unintentional shooting by a child under age 5 years who either killed him/herself or another could have been prevented with the installation of a safety device.
- Hospital treatment costs, on average, $28,000 per child for a firearm-related injury.
- A study of all direct and indirect costs of gun violence including medical, lost wages, and security costs estimates that gun violence costs the nation $100 billion a year.