Any responsible gun owner knows and practices basic firearm safety in order to prevent accidents and injuries. Get the facts on gun safety to keep yourself and your loved ones protected.
Gun Accident Statistics
Gun-related accidents and injuries are startlingly common. From 2006-2016, nearly 6,885 people in the United States died from unintentional shootings. The following statistics illustrate those most at risk of firearm injuries:
Accidental gun deaths occur most frequently in children and young adults under 25 years old. In 2014, 2,549 children between the ages of 0-19 died by accidental gunshot. An additional 13,576 were injured.
Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to firearm injuries and deaths due to their behavioral characteristics including impulsivity, feelings of invincibility, and curiosity about firearms.
Many firearm accidents, injuries, and deaths occur in homes where guns are more easily accessible.
Over 1.69 million children in the United States live in households with loaded and unlocked firearms.
A recent study determined that people who die from accidental shootings were more than three times as likely to have had a firearm in their home.
Practicing Proper Gun Safety
Practicing basic gun safety can help reduce the likelihood of firearm accidents and injuries in your home. Review the following tips to ensure your firearms are properly used and stored:
Always keep the firearm’s muzzle pointed in a safe direction. This means that if an accidental discharge occurred, it would not result in an injury.
Always keep your finger off the trigger until you actually intend to shoot. In the meantime, keep your finger outside the trigger guard or along the side of the gun.
When not in use, keep your firearm unloaded and pointed in a safe direction.
Store your firearms in a locked cabinet, safe, or storage case when not in use. Ensure they are in a location inaccessible by children and cannot be handled by anyone without your permission.
Store your ammunition in a locked location separate from the firearms.
Make sure the young people in your home are aware of and understand the safety guidelines concerning firearms.
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