Recently we at The Hunt Blog were approached by the folks at the National Crime Prevention Council about doing a quick piece for the blog to help raise awareness about an important issue for all gun owners and hunters.
The issue was that of firearm safety and more specifically the importance of safe firearm storage.
Being from Canada we certainly recognize that we have firearms laws and regulations which are slightly different from our friends south of the boarder. That said as a healthcare professional, gun owner, and more importantly husband/father the issue of safe firearm storage is very important to us and should be to you as well.
I would fist like to shake any misconceptions that steps for proper storage are in anyway an attempt at imposing more stringent gun control regulations. Instead rhetoric around proper gun storage is about taking responsibility as a gun owner to protect those guns from getting into the wrong hands. It is on a much too regular basis that we hear news stories about mass shootings and gun violence and these sad and disturbing scenes bog up our news networks with fear and hate. While many of the guns used in such instances come from illegal activity we still unfortunately hear about guns from such cases being obtained from inappropriately stored firearms in households and from break-ins. Leaving the question; could some of these tragedies be prevented?
Aside from theses tragic examples, safe gun storage is something that we should all consider to be important when thinking about how we handle our guns. I have often wrote about how we as gun owners and hunters we should hold our selves to higher standards of ethics and safety. Gun ownership is important to us and comes with substantial responsibility. Keep this in mind as you read on; According to a study by the RAND Corporation using statistics from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.4 million homes have firearms stored in a way that makes them accessible to the wrong hands; children, at-risk youth, potential thieves and people who intend to harm themselves or others.
How you choose to store your guns is your choice depending on how it is your guns are used. There are numerous options for storage so long as it is done safely. For myself that means trigger locks on my long guns and keeping them in a locked gun safe. A quick internet search or look around any sporting goods or firearms store however will show you that there are plenty of options out there for safe storage.
See this link to a Snap Guide to safe firearm storage:
For myself and the rest of the staff at The Hunt Blog firearms safety is of paramount importance. Our hunting heritage has been passed down through generations of our families and we will continue to do so for many generations to come as we pass down our guns, our stories and time in the field. So please keep our responsibility as gun owners in mind and take the time to pass along this important message and checkout some of the valuable information on the NCPC website. And as always take the time to teach youth about gun safety and take someone new hunting or fishing.
All the best!
James and The Hunt Blog Pro-Staff