It is vital that you talk with your children about guns, but this can be a difficult conversation to have. The discussion must be age-appropriate and offer children clear instructions about avoiding guns without adult supervision.
Children are naturally curious, especially when it comes to guns. Make sure your children understand the difference between a toy gun and a real gun, and the difference between pretend and real life.
All parents must take common sense steps to protect children both by talking to them about guns and the dangers of careless handling of any weapon. Gun ownership is a coveted right of Americans guaranteed by our constitution. But with our rights comes our responsibility.
If you keep a gun in your house, make sure you tell your children that this gun is real.
The initial steps of "Stop" and "Don’t Touch" are the most important. To counter the natural impulse to touch a gun, it is imperative that you impress these steps of the safety message upon your child.
In today’s society, where adult supervision is not always possible, the direction to "Leave the Area" is also essential. Under some circumstances, "area" may be understood to be a room if your child cannot physically leave the apartment or house.
"Tell an Adult" emphasizes that children should seek out a law enforcement officer, trustworthy adult, neighbor, relative, or teacher — if a parent or guardian is not available.
Gun Owners' Responsibilities-
790.174 Safe Storage of Firearms Required
For more information on Gun laws: http://www.leg.state.fl.us