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Gun safety

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Updated: 4/11/2007 5:46 pm
Exposure to guns and access to a loaded firearm increase the risk of unintentional firearm-related death and injury to children. It's important to store your firearms safely in the home. Nearly all childhood unintentional shooting deaths occur in or around the home. Fifty percent occur in the home of the victim and nearly forty percent occur in the home of a friend or relative. Unintentional shootings among children most often occur when children are unsupervised and out of school. Many states have enacted child access prevention laws, which may hold adults criminally liable for failure to either store loaded firearms in a place inaccessible to children, or use a safety device to lock the gun. Gun owners should always store firearms unloaded and locked up, with ammunition locked in a separate location, out of reach of children, using gunlocks, load indicators and other safety devices. Teach children to never touch a gun and tell an adult if they find a gun. Consult a child safety program in your area for more information about gun safety.
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