The purpose of this site is to inform you of the dangers assosicated with guns and children. Remember, it is not the gun that kills, it is the handler. Information will be provided that explores safety concerns, stats, and education for our children to kept them safe around weapons of all kinds.
Children Killed by Guns:
In 1999, there were 3,385 firearms-related deaths for children ages 0–19 years. They break down as follows: 214 unintentional, 1,078 suicides, 1,990 homicides, 83 for which the intent could not be determined, and 20 due to legal intervention.
Source: 2002 edition of Injury Facts.
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The Whiteville Police Department will be issuing Gun Locks in 2009. Below are some tips to proper use of the locks, as well as some firearms safety tips.
GUN LOCK SAFETY TIPS
Keep cable and lock outside of trigger guard at all times.
Always push cable into padlock until it locks securely. After removing key, tug on cable to ensure connection is secure.
Store key to the gun lock and the firearm separately. Be sure to store key in a location inaccessible to unauthorized persons, particularly children.
Do not work the firearm’s action with the lock in place. This may damage the lock and/or the firearm.
If the lock’s plastic coating becomes damaged or separated from the steel cable or the lock face, replace the lock.
GENERAL FIREARM SAFETY TIPS
Keep all firearms locked in a safe place, away from children and other unauthorized persons.
Store ammunition under lock and key, separately from firearms.
Read and understand the owner’s manual that came with your firearm.
Follow safe gun handling practices: keep muzzle pointed in a safe direction; keep fingers off the trigger; and keep the firearm unloaded when not in use.
Goals of Project ChildSafe:
Firearms accidents in the home can result from an unauthorized individual, often a child, finding a loaded and unsecured firearm in the home. The risk of firearms-related unintentional injuries or deaths can be reduced when firearms owners are aware of and fully understand their responsibility to handle firearms safely and store them in a secure manner. The goal of Project ChildSafe is to inform and educate all firearms owners on key safety issues and to provide firearms safety kits that include a gun locking device.
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