Most shooting accidents in the home occur when a young child finds a loaded and unsecured firearm and mistakes it for a toy, but there are steps you can take to prevent tragedies from happening.
The number one way is to secure all firearms is with a gun lock.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation sponsors "Project Childsafe," which distributes free cable-style locks through law enforcement agencies.
Newscenter 11 checked with several agencies and many of them still have the free cable locks available.
Other precautions include storing your firearm and ammunition in separate areas. Ammunition should be stored in a locked cabinet or a case inaccessible to children.
Gun owners should talk to their children about gun safety. Teach your child that if he or she finds a gun, not to touch it and tell an adult immediately.
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