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Parents responsible for teaching their kids about gun safety

On Behalf of | Oct 6, 2022 | Weapons Charges |

Many parents in Florida own guns, which could make for a dangerous situation. A gun safety instructor stresses that parents are responsible for teaching their children about firearms and how to remain safe.

The dangers of kids and guns

Sadly, many kids end up finding a parent’s gun in their home. Kids of all ages are naturally curious, which could result in touching the weapon and even playing with it. If the parent has never instructed their child about the dangers of the gun or taken the ammunition out of it, tragedy might occur.

EveryTown has reported that so far in 2022, there have been 12 accidental shootings by children in the state. Out of those incidents, five people were killed and another nine were left injured. Even though these types of incidents are accidental, they could potentially result in gun charges being filed.

Education could save a life

Parents should do their part and have a serious talk with their kids about gun safety. A good time to start is once a child reaches a certain age or shows an interest in guns. For many, this can occur between the ages of 3 and 7. The parent should stress that guns are dangerous and not toys.

Gun maintenance should be taught to children between around age 5 to 7. It allows them to understand the different parts of the weapon and how to properly handle the gun. Later, once they reach around 8 to 10, the child can start learning how to shoot. This should be done with a pellet or BB gun, which are easier to handle and don’t carry the same risks as a firearm.

Parents can take things a step further by enrolling their kids in gun safety classes. Education is the best way to instill responsibility in kids and keep everyone safer.