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Every day, 16 children in this country die as a result of gun-related murders, suicides or accidents, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Never let your child play with guns.
- Teach your child never to touch or pick up a gun.
- If your family hunts, enroll your child in a gun safety class.
A few safety precautions can save a life.
- Always keep your guns unloaded and locked out of sight. Keep the lock key with you, not in desk or dresser drawer. Keep the ammunition locked up in a different place as well. Do not show your child where you keep the gun(s) and ammunition.
- If your family hunts, enroll your child in a gun safety class. Education is vital if your child is going to be around guns or hunting.
- Find out if there are guns in homes of your child's friends before letting your child go to the home to play or spend the night.
- Teach your child what to do if he is at a friend's house and the friend wants to show off a gun. Make a plan with your child to say "no," tell an adult in the house, or call you to go home. Guns can accidentally fire, especially when being mishandled.