How can we keep children safe from guns at home? — Peter W. McCauley, Sr.

  1. Secure your gun. Make sure it is stored unloaded in a locked gun safe or a lockbox. The ammunition should be stored in a locked box in a separate location. In addition, trigger locks are effective and inexpensive.
  2. Talk to your children. Make it a point to remind your kids that if they ever come across a gun, they must stay away from it and tell you immediately. Do this on a regular basis.
  3. Question other parents. When you’re planning for your kids to visit another home, don’t hesitate to ask: “Is there an unlocked gun in your house?” Treat this the same way that you would your concerns about pets, allergies, or access to a swimming pool. As a reminder to parents, the AAP has designated June 21 as ASK Day for “Asking Saves Kids.”

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