A recent survey found that 32% of American adults own a gun and 44% live in a home with someone who owns a gun. Most people would agree that owning a gun helps make their homes feel safer. If someone were to enter their home uninvited, then they would have a quick and easy way to protect their family.
However, it’s also important to protect your family from misuse of the firearm. Guns in the home can create a safe and protected environment but only when you practice proper gun safety. In our guide below, you’ll find several helpful tips every gun owner should know when keeping a gun in a home with children.
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Teach Children About Gun Safety
Rather than trying to hide your guns from your children, teach gun safety to them. You never know when your child might come across a firearm in your home. Even storing your firearms in a great hiding place won’t prevent your curious children from discovering them.
For this reason, sit down with your children and teach them about the proper use of firearms, the dangers of firearms, why they should never touch a gun without the guidance of a parent or instructor, and all the basics of gun safety.
When your child understands these things, they won’t be as curious or frightened by a gun. Instead, they’ll know exactly what to do if they ever find one in your home or someone else’s home.
Read Reviews on Firearms First
Let’s say you want to purchase your first firearm or add a new one to your collection. Before you bring a gun into your family home, it’s ideal to read reviews on it first. You should know if the gun has any firing issues or other problems that most owners have experienced.
You should also make sure the gun has a good safety feature and can easily be stored in a secure gun safe. A great review on a gun is a good starting place when it comes to purchasing the right gun for your family’s home.
Keep the Gun in a Secure Safe Unloaded
As a gun owner, it’s essential you know how to store your gun safely. The first thing you need to do is purchase a gun safe, vault, or cabinet that can be locked. The place you keep this safe should be inaccessible to children.
Make sure there’s a gun locking device in use as well so the gun won’t be operable unless an adult is present.
Store Bullets Separate From the Gun
In addition to storing your gun in a locked gun safe out of reach of your children, it’s also a good idea to store any ammo in a separate location from the gun. Especially if the bullets are large and sharp like 7.62 ammo for example because the children could cut themselves with it. Always check to make sure the gun is unloaded before placing it in storage.
Then, store the bullets in another locked safe that’s also out of reach for children. Doing this will make it difficult for a child to access the gun, operate the fun, and fire a loaded gun.
Owning a Gun in a Family Home Doesn’t Have to Be Dangerous
Although certain risks might come with keeping a gun in the house, owning a gun in your family home doesn’t have to be dangerous.
When you teach gun safety to the entire family, find the safest firearms to purchase, and store the gun and ammo in a proper manner, you can keep your family safe from gun accidents while ensuring they’re always protected when needed.
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