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Featured Tip - Be Responsible About Gun Safety

Don’t become a news headline. The life you save may be your child’s! Follow these tips from Safe Kids Worldwide and learn more at

  • Keep guns out of the reach and out of sight of children by storing them securely. Do not leave guns unsecured on a night stand, table, or other place where a child can gain access to avoid injuries and fatalities.
    Store guns unloaded and secured with effective, child-resistant gun locks in a locked container out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Store ammunition in a separate locked container out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Use combination locks and safes, or safes that use fingerprint recognition locks. Keep the combinations carefully hidden.
  • When a gun is not being stored, keep it in your immediate possession and control at all times. Otherwise, store the gun unloaded, locked and separate from ammunition.
  • If you carry a gun in your car, make sure to outfit your vehicle with a lockable container, so you can securely store the gun when you exit the vehicle.
  • If a visitor has a gun in a backpack, briefcase, handbag or an unlocked car, provide them with a place to store it securely (locked, unloaded, and separate from ammunition) while they are in your home.
  • If a family member or loved one is in crisis and may be a risk to themselves or others, consider temporarily removing firearms from your home. Such crises can involve people who are depressed, suicidal, or abusing drugs or alcohol.

The City of Columbus and Columbus Fire is offering free gun locks to Columbus residents at local fire stations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

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