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Firearms Safety

If you or someone you know owns a gun, these guidelines will help you ensure gun safety in your home.

  1. Always keep guns unloaded in the home.
  2. Always keep guns out of sight and reach of children.
  3. Always keep guns securely locked up.
  4. Always equip guns with trigger locks and other childproof devices.
  5. Always keep ammunition locked up and away from guns and sources of heat and electricity.
  6. Before handling guns, always make sure they are unloaded.
  7. When handling guns, always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  8. Never demonstrate unsafe behavior with guns that you wouldn’t want your child to copy.
  9. Take personal, long-term responsibility for your children’s supervision as well as for their ongoing education about gun safety.
  10. Is there a gun where your child plays? Over 40% of homes with children have a gun, and many of those guns are left unlocked or loaded. Ask other parents whether they keep guns in the home and where they are located.

In addition the following should be stressed with all parents and caregivers.

  • New Hampshire State law requires firearms to be kept safely stored.  See the NH Law for more details.  
  • Air rifles, while not technically "firearms" are still potentially dangerous and in varying forms have been used to hunt game for years.  Children have been severely injured and even killed by the use of air rifles.  Please treat these as you would anything else capable of firing a projectile.
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