Although most parents practice good safety behaviors such as using car seats and keeping poisons out of the reach of children, a 2000 study published in the American Journal of Public Health shows that about 35 percent of children in the United States live in homes that have at least one handgun or firearm.

  • 43%  of households with children have at least one firearm that is not stored in a locked location and does not have a trigger lock (or similar device) in place
  • 9% have one or more firearms stored unlocked and loaded
  • 4%  store firearms unlocked, unloaded and with ammunition

What does this mean to you?

Children who live in households with guns are at greater risk for unintentional firearm injuries. The best way to keep your child safe is to remove all guns from your home.

If you do decide to keep a gun in your home, store it unloaded in a locked place away from children. Store the ammunition separately from the gun in a locked container and store the keys in a safe spot.

Gun locks are available for FREE at TMC’s Desert Kids Safety Program. Call (520) 324-5604 for more information.