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Although few young people of middle and secondary school age would have firearms in their houses, there are some that do – for example those with a parent or parents in professions such as police work or those who live on farms.

If you do have a firearm in your house it’s likely your family has outlined very strict rules relating to its storage and accessibility. However, there are some general tips about care and storage of a firearm that should apply in your house:

  • Never leave a firearm unattended except when it is securely and safely stored
  • Never leave a firearm lying about the house
  • Keep firearms and ammunition out of the reach of children
  • Never store a firearm and ammunition in the same place. They must be kept in separate, locked places
  • Never take a loaded firearm in a vehicle. Driving over rough roads or ground, or an accident or collision, could cause the loaded firearm to discharge – with potentially tragic results
  • Only carry empty firearms, preferably with the action open and the bolt removed or dismantled, in an appropriate carrying case
  • For adults, never use a firearm after drugs or alcohol have been consumed. Alcohol and drugs affect the nervous system, reducing alertness and the ability to pay attention – both necessary qualities for proper firearms use
  • Keep firearms out of view, to avoid misuse by guests or unwanted callers
  • Keep the safety catch engaged at all times, except when firing
  • Keep your finger off the trigger unless you are about to fire, as safety catches can become worn and not work
  • You should never touch a firearm without permission, and must always be accompanied by a competent adult when you are shooting or may shoot.
Keep firearms out of view, to avoid misuse by guests or unwanted callers

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