In the US during 2013 there were 505 deaths due to accidental or negligent discharge of a firearm, and 281 deaths due to firearms use with “undetermined intent” as noted in a report by the CDC. And while there will never be a year without negligent gun death, there are several things gun owners can do to help make their home safer and hopefully avoid these horrific accidents.
- Store your firearms in a locked cabinet, safe, gun vault or storage case when not in use, ensuring they are in a location inaccessible by children and cannot be handled by anyone without your permission.
- Use a gun locking device that renders the firearm inoperable when not in use. A gun lock should be used as an additional safety precaution and not as a substitute for secure storage.
- Always unload, clean and place your firearms in their secure storage location immediately after returning from a hunting trip or a day at the range.
- Store your ammunition in a locked location separate from firearms.
While this is by no means a comprehensive list, it can help as a reminder to keep guns in safe and secured location, unloaded and away from amunition, within the home. We encourage anyone with the intent of using a gun have proper training. Even if you are going on a hunting trip over the weekend, a quick day-trip to a local range can equip you with potentially life-saving knowledge on how to properly handle firearms.
And if you or a family member find yourself injured as the result of poor or negligent gun handling. Do not hesitate to contact the law offices of Collier & Collier at 877.825.0543 for legal assistance.