PROJECT HOME SAFE
as long as there have been firearms, there has been the need to
protect and educate our children when it comes to guns. One of the
biggest problems we have today is that there is not enough firearms
safety training for children. Rossi is as concerned about your children
and their safety as you are. Here are some basic rules and suggestions
for making your home a safe environment for both children and your
firearms. Please remember, though, this is only a guide, and there
is no substitute for training and education. With our Right to Keep
and Bear Arms comes a responsibility to keep and bear them safely.
Firearms safety is your responsibility and your duty, to our children
and to ourselves.
WARNING: Never allow a minor to shoot without adult supervision. Never leave
a firearm in the possession of a minor. When shooting with a child,
make sure to remain close and safely supervise all activities. If
you need to leave the area, take the firearm and the child with
you. Always make sure to store firearms and ammunition separately.
children off right by showing them the ropes about guns. This
includes showing them the proper procedures for unloading, verifying
and handling a firearm. Where available, a certified instructor
should be used to teach proper shooting and safety technique.
to show your children how to clean and care for a firearm. A dirty,
or abused firearm is more dangerous than any other.
your children to learn these safety rules, and to follow them.
One method that helps is to take them to the range (once they
are old enough to handle a firearm) and let them shoot. Another
method is to use airguns in early training and safety education.
This will not only further strengthen the other lessons, but will
also serve to remove the mystique that has been put up around
firearms. It is this mystique that leads to most firearms accidents
nothing is as good as education, and open, honest discussion.
are many children visiting, secure your firearms in a proper lock-box,
safe, or unreachable location that you can monitor. Keep all spare
ammo separate from the firearms.
If your child
is alone in the house regularly, get a small safe or lockbox to
keep your firearms in when you are not there.
Be sure to
follow all of the rules you set for your children. If you violate
any of them, the child will feel comfortable in following your
try to hide a gun in the house, thinking that the child will never
find it. They will. Children have the ability to find anything
adults can hide. And, the better something is hidden, the harder
the child will look for it, and the more importance it will have
to the child once it is found.
- Avoid attaching
any mystique to the firearm through flat prohibition. Nothing
gets a child's attention faster or stronger than being told "No,"
without explanation or reasoning. Children are smart, and will
see through flat prohibition.
- If you carry
a firearm on a daily basis, be sure to secure it when you get
home. Make sure that your child knows you do this, and why.
- Teach your
children these basic firearms safety rules:
assume that a gun is loaded, even after you have personally
point a firearm at another person. Never point a firearm in
the direction of anything except a proper target at a range
or while hunting.
handle a firearm unnecessarily.
accept a firearm from another person unless they have shown
it to be unloaded in front of you. Never assume.
verify the unloaded condition of a firearm.
throw, drop, or otherwise mishandle a firearm.
encountering a strange gun (say laying on the street), do
not pick it up. Contact an adult (preferably a law enforcement
officer) as soon as possible. When possible, keep other children
away from the gun. Do not make any assumptions about a "found"
firing at a range, always keep the gun pointed down range,
towards the targets.
- A firearm
is not a toy. Do not treat it like one.
- Do not
show off firearms to friends and schoolmates. And, do not
tell friends and schoolmates that there are firearms in the
house. Do not take a firearm from its place without a parent
use proper ear and eye protection when at the range.
- A firearm
is not a status symbol, or indicator of strength. Do not use
it as one.
you are in doubt about a firearm, do not touch it. Get an
adult to check it for you.
it is our right to keep and bear arms, but it is also our
responsibility to do so safely.
- It only
takes one little mistake to cause a big accident.
- Let them
know that firearms are capable of bodily injury, destruction
and possibly death if misused. Do not "soft-soap"
the truth. Apply the same principles as Driver's Education
courses in the schools do.
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