While proper training and instruction when it comes to handling firearms is crucial, ensuring that your firearms are securely stored can be equally as important.
It may surprise you to see that greater than 70% of accidental firearm-related deaths occur in the home. These accidents usually come down to one of two mistakes: 1) improper handling, and 2) improper storing. Any number of actions can fall under the improper handling category. The NRA provides a number of “fundamental” rules for safe gun handling, with the following three being the most well-known:
- Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction
- Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot
- Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use
Most firearm accidents can be avoided if these three simple rules are followed.
There is an entire industry built around the safe storage of firearms with seemingly no end to the methods in which people conceal and secure their guns. With all the options on the market, it may be difficult to fathom that the majority of the victims in these accidental death scenarios are under the age of 25. It’s estimated that roughly 31% of accidental deaths caused by firearms could have been avoided with the appropriate child-proofing precautions. It is important to store your firearms in such a manner that they cannot be easily accessed by others, especially children. In the event that your firearm is involved in an accidental injury or death, you may be liable to the victim or the victim’s family.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of a firearm-related injury or death, please feel free to give us a call. We would be happy to discuss your legal options.