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Do you know the facts of firearm safety?

Test your knowledge of firearm safety with this quiz!

MYTH!

"My children already know not to touch guns."

One or two conversations with your children on the topic of gun safety may not be enough. We know children need multiple reminders (think how many times parents say, “Brush your teeth!”). Our “How to Talk to Your Kids about Gun Safety” video provides insight on how often to talk with your children about gun safety and what to say to them so they can respond properly if they see an unsecured firearm.
I've had a conversation with my children about gun safety so they already know not to touch guns. MYTH OR FACT
MYTH!

"I don't have children, so I don't need to store my guns securely."

Just because you don't have children doesn't mean that there will never be children in your house who may be curious about guns. Accidents and misuse are possible when kids or other unauthorized persons come across a firearm not stored properly. For safe firearm storage options, we have several recommendations to fit your lifestyle and budget.
I don't have children, so I don't need to store my guns securely. MYTH OR FACT
FACT!

"It's important to always unload firearms before they're ever transported home from a hunting trip or a day at the range."

Your sporting firearms should be unloaded and properly secured when not in use. As a gun owner, consider refreshing your firearm safety practices with our safety tips for the home.
It's important to always unload firearms before they're ever transported home from a hunting trip or a day at the range. MYTH OR FACT
MYTH!

"I've hidden my gun, so kids don't know where it is."

Do not trust "secret" hiding places. Such "secrets" tend to be uncovered when you aren't around, and it's likely kids in your home already know where a gun is hidden. Hiding a gun doesn't take the place of securely storing a gun. Our safe storage page has additional recommendations for how to secure your firearm when it's not in use.
I've hidden my gun, so kids don't know where it is. MYTH OR FACT
FACT!

"I should store my ammunition in a locked location separate from firearms."

Nearly all firearms accidents in the home can be prevented by making sure that guns are kept unloaded and responsibly stored to prevent unauthorized access, with ammunition secured in a separate, locked location. Our safe handling tips help remind firearm owners of safety procedures.
I should store my ammunition in a locked location separate from firearms. MYTH OR FACT
FACT!

"Remind children that if they find an unattended firearm not to touch it and to tell an adult right away."

To educate your children how to respond if they see a gun that is not secured, have a talk with them and consider the child's pledge as a way to remind them of your conversation.
Remind children that if they find an unattended firearm not to touch it and to tell an adult right away. MYTH OR FACT
FACT!

"A firearm locking device is only one element of a safe storage program."

A firearm locking device can help deter access to a gun by unauthorized persons, particularly children, and when used with a safe, gun vault or other secure storage, can help prevent accidents. Project ChildSafe provides free safety kits, which include a cable-style gun lock and safety instructions, to law enforcement partners around the country. To find out more, visit our safety kit page.
A firearm locking device can be considered as only one element of a safe storage program for firearms in the home. MYTH OR FACT
FACT!

"Firearms should be unloaded when not in use."

Whenever you pick up a gun, such as when removing it from or returning it to storage, remember to keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, keep your finger off the trigger and check to make sure it is unloaded. The best way to prevent accidents is by being knowledgeable on firearm safety practices. For more information about gun safety, visit our safety resource page, which has numerous resources for gun owners.
Firearms should be unloaded when not in use. MYTH OR FACT