Each year misuse of firearms and gun violence results in the injury and death of thousands of people. To address this problem, the Plymouth Township Police are seeking to take a leadership role in the implementation of gun safety.
Many gun injuries involve people who know each other. Victims are often children playing with guns they assume aren’t loaded. Children and adults should assume all guns are loaded and ready to fire.
Talking To Your Kids
There is no particular age to talk with your child about gun safety. A good time to introduce the subject is the first time he/she shows an interest in firearms, even toy guns or rifles. Talking openly and honestly about gun safety with your child is usually more effective than just ordering him or her to "stay away from the gun closet’ and leaving it at that.
Properly stored firearms kept in the home should be:
- locked in a gun safe, a strongbox or other secured container
- secured firearms should have either a trigger lock, barrel lock or cylinder lock
- ammunition should be stored separately from the gun(s)
- out of sight and reach of children