By Patricia Fay
As a 2nd Amendment supporter, I strongly believe in one’s right to keep and bear arms. As a female and a mother, my beliefs grow even stronger. Like most mama bears, the instinct to protect and defend both my children and myself is inevitable. I know many people that are new to the gun world and want to fully immerse themselves in our culture, but don’t know how with children in the home. The following is a crash course in firearms safety, and a couple of tips on how to be a safe and responsible gun owner with children in the home . . .
The first step to becoming a responsible gun owning parent is education. Educating yourself on the different sorts of ways you can safely store your firearm, you can ensure that firearms are out of your child’s reach. Taking a basic course in firearms, as a family, is also a great way to keep everyone involved in the family. Children are more curious about that of which they know none about. There are a variety of different programs out there to help educate kids, from the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program, with their catchy slogan: “Stop. Don’t touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult.” to safety classes at your local range. Feel free to have a conversation with your older children, and answer any questions they may have, or refer them to someone who can.
Safes, gun locks, cable locks, biometric, key, RFID, combination…the possibilities are endless, and sometimes a little confusing. Some people prefer one over another and it comes down to personal preference, adjusted to your situation. External gun locks are one option, whether it’s a cable lock going through the magwell, or a trigger lock blocking the trigger and prohibiting anyone from using the firearm without having a combination or a key. When it comes to safes, there are many options depending on how big of a size safe is needed.
There are biometric safes, where you use your fingerprint to open up a safe, and most can store up to or more than 120 different fingerprints, allowing your spouse to have access to it as well. There are safes with RFID cards or bracelets, where all you need is a card/key fob or bracelet that you scan and the safe opens. This may work for most, but I wouldn’t recommend this option for those with older children who are curious and can easily snag the fob or bracelet from an adult and gain access to the firearms. Last but not least, there are your traditional key and combination safes, which, although not as tech savvy as the above mentioned ways to store your firearm, is a tried and true method, and a way to keep firearms out of the reach of the young and curious.
Another important aspect of responsible gun ownership as a parent having adequate legal protection. In the event of a self-defense related shooting legal fees can be hard-hitting and legal action can come quickly. While we all hope to avoid such an event, ensuring you know what to do in the aftermath is an important part of preparation.
Firearms Legal Protection is a legal services company that specializes in providing protection and assistance to gun owners in the aftermath of a self-defense incident. For an affordable monthly membership ranging from $9.95 to $27.95 a month, any potential attorney fees are covered, and defense will be provided for both civil and criminal charges. The higher level memberships will cover your whole family, and include bail bond fee protection, lost wages protection, firearm confiscation payment, and more.
Being a responsible gun-owning parent is all about preparation and education. What else do you do to keep your family safe?
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