Gun Safety at home
The Second Amendment offers the right to own firearms and with that right comes great responsibility like safe and responsible firearm handling and storage.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — According to data released by Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting, gun sales spiked more than 80 percent from this month last year, some experts say consumers are responding to safety concerns prompted, in part, by the coronavirus pandemic.
But as more guns may be in homes — safe practices are always a good reminder.
Whether you are buying a gun for recreational use or for home protection, it’s important to be familiar with local and state guns laws and the gun itself.
It’s recommended that you read the gun manual and even taken an education class.
Ben Mueller, Assistant Store Leader at Scheels, says, “If you are unfamiliar with your new gun, always treat it like a loaded weapon. Make sure you are always clearing it, keeping the ammo safe. There are several companies in two that can do training courses or classes to give you some gun safety and hunter safety courses for young kids too.”
Take proper measures to keep firearms safe in the home, especially if you have children.
Mueller says, “With children in the home, it’s very important to have strict rules and guidelines on handling guns, the safety of guns, so early education with them, showing the weapons, showing them the dangers. Kids get very curious about guns and they will find them and so having them locked up and protected for the times you are not around.”
Proper storage is the number one way to help prevent accidents. High grade, steal gun safes are available as well as hand gun safes or lock boxes. You can add more protection with a trigger lock or gun lock on the gun itself. Make sure children can’t access the keys or combinations to the lock boxes or safes.
Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use. Whenever you pick up a gun, such as when removing it from or returning it to storage, remember to point it in a safe direction.
Always unload, clean and place your firearms in their secure storage location immediately after returning from a hunting trip or a day at the range.
“Don’t get complacent about it, clear your ammo, take your gun, clean it, put your gun back in the safe so that it isn’t laying around you know in the back of the pick up truck or just got carried in. Being diligent about locking your stuff up when your done using it, is proper use,” says Mueller.
Also keep ammunition in a safe place as it can dangerous in it’s own right. Make sure everyone in your family is educated about firearms safety to prevent firearm accidents or misuse.
And something the Rapid City Police Department continues to say to gun owners — cars make terrible gun safes and you should never leave a gun or ammo in an unlocked vehicle.
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