Safe Handling And Storage Of Firearms
Sometimes in just a few seconds a child finds a loaded gun in the house and accidentally shoots his playmate. A domestic dispute turns to tragedy when one of the spouses, enraged, grabs a rifle. In a split second, a distraught father decides to commit suicide and take his family with him to death.
Most murders committed by a bullet in the residential home are using a loaded gun, unlocked, which was on the scene. A sad and implacable reality that recalls the need to establish best practices for handling and storage of firearms.
There may not be much to do against the intentional use of a firearm, but many injuries and deaths could be avoided if the owners handled and stored their weapons responsibly.
We believe that the number of deaths caused by firearms may decline if the owners simply thought to unload their weapons and put them under lock and key. “Deaths and injuries from firearms, the majority of which occur in the home, can be avoided. Hence the importance to store weapons safely.“
Any failure in this regard poses serious dangers, particularly to children. Deaths and accidents in this segment of the population is among the most preventable. “The gun owners need to ensure that children can not in any case have access to their weapons. By watching TV and playing video games, children come to regard the weapons as toys. Although we learned the respect of arms, a child may be unaware that the gun that belongs to the family is not discharged any time.
Often, people are believe in the following equation: armed violence = urban violence and gang violence. However, statistics show that most injuries and deaths occur actually at home. According to a conservative estimate, at least one in eight households has a firearm in Canada and it is higher in the US.
The use of firearms in domestic violence cases decreased by fifty percent between 1997 and 2006. However, according to Statistics, thirty percent of female victims of domestic homicide die from injuries caused by a weapon fire.
Many deaths and injuries occur in rural areas, where guns are used for hunting, sport and wildlife control. If they cause few deaths, however accidental shootings are the source of a significant number of serious injuries. It is estimated that for every person killed by gunshot, 2.6 people are injured, many seriously. According to a survey conducted across the country, the average length of stay in hospital for gunshot wounds is 17.7 days.
The number of suicides by firearms is very worrying, especially in indigenous communities, where hunting is a way of life. The presence of firearms in the home increases the risk, especially if the weapons are left to everyone.
What you can do
Gun owners should be reminded of the importance of the security of their families and friends in their own hands. This is why we offer important advice to ensure the safety of their homes.
Unload and lock your firearms
- Make sure your firefarms are unloaded at all times when stored.
- Lock your arms in a cabinet, safe or room built or modified specifically for the safe storage of firearms. Make sure the structure can not be broke into easily.
- Attach a secure locking device, such as a weapon or security cable lock (or remove the bolt) so as to make the gun inoperable.
- Store ammunition in a separate location or in a locked container. Although you can store them in the same container as the firearm, they must be locked separately. Again, make sure the container is difficult to brake open or into.
- Children should not have access to the keys for locking firearms and ammunition. Keep these keys at any time in a secure and safe place.
- Teach children that they should not handle firearms without supervision.