Tips for how to keep your children safe from guns

Tips for how to keep your children safe from guns

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A 3-year-old from Clay County died Wednesday morning after being shot in the head with a 9 millimeter gun the previous day.
Too often we hear of stories where a child accidentally shoots their self or someone else. 
Bryce Hinton, Co-Owner of GunCo Arms, said that it is a sad situation.
    "I do not know the circumstances that went into that event," Hinton said. "It is truly sad that occurred. It does sadden me with my son who is going to be 3-years-old in June. It makes me ask myself if I am doing what I need to protect him."
There are numerous steps that you can take to keep your children safe.
Harold McClure, Wichita Falls Police Sergeant, said that the most important thing is to communicate with your children.
    "Talk to the kids about the weapons in your home," McClure said. "Explain the importance of it, how to properly handle it, or not to, and what to do if they come across one."
Sergeant McClure also said that not telling your kids is a bad idea because kids that are informed are more prepared.
Hinton said that Project Child Safety has taken steps nationally in regards to gun safety.
    "Project Child Safety is an act that has done a lot nationally where every firearm leaves the gun shops and gun shows with a lock for the safety portion of it," Hinton said. "It is one of the main things we encourage people to do. Train and communicate with your children what to do and not to do. The main thing is to just keep them out of reach. Keep them in a safe place. Keep them locked up."
Hinton said that parents should think like kids and what they would do if they found a gun.
Sergeant McClure said that kids should also have a plan in place.
    "Stop what you are doing, leave the area, don't touch the weapon, don't touch the gun, and tell an adult," McClure said.
Project Child Safe has ten tips for firearm safety. Click here for the full list.

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