For The Kids

NPSI offers opportunities for parents to have their kids safely learn and train in a safe environment.

DOES YOUR CHILD KNOW WHAT TO DO IF HE OR SHE FINDS A GUN?

The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program is a gun accident prevention program that seeks to help parents, law enforcement, community groups and educators navigate a topic paramount to our children’s safety. Eddie and his Wing Team are on a mission to help you teach Pre-K through 4th graders what to do if they ever come across a gun. The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program teaches four important steps to take if they find a gun.

 If you see a gun:

STOP! This first step is crucial. Stopping first allows your child the time he or she needs to remember the rest of the safety instructions.
Don't Touch.
 A firearm that is not touched or disturbed is unlikely to be fired and otherwise endanger your child or other people.
Leave the Area.
 This removes the temptation to touch the firearm as well as the danger that another person may negligently cause it to fire.
Tell an Adult.
 Children should seek a trustworthy adult, neighbor, relative or teacher – if a parent or guardian is not available.

Download Eddie Eagle Program Materials

See more and watch the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® video at: Eddie Eagle's webpage.

DO PARENTS KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THEIR GUN?

In short, keep them locked when not in use. There are various locking methods, but locked, separate from ammunition is the only way to protect children and unauthorized people.

Project ChildSafe is a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation to promote firearm safety and education. We are committed to promoting genuine firearm safety through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits to communities across the U.S. If you would like a free Project ChildSafe Safety Kit, which includes a cable-style gun lock and safety instructions, click on the map to find a distribution partner in your state. Be sure to contact the partner to verify that supplies are available.

SAFE STORAGE

As a firearm owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that guns in your home are always stored where they are inaccessible to children or other unauthorized persons. Hiding a gun in a closet, drawer or similar location is not safe storage. Safe storage is employing precautions and multiple safeguards that provide an additional barrier against unauthorized use.

Texas Penal Code Sec. 46.13. MAKING A FIREARM ACCESSIBLE TO A CHILD.

(a) In this section:

(1) "Child" means a person younger than 17 years of age.

(2) "Readily dischargeable firearm" means a firearm that is loaded with ammunition, whether or not a round is in the chamber.

(3) "Secure" means to take steps that a reasonable person would take to prevent the access to a readily dischargeable firearm by a child, including but not limited to placing a firearm in a locked container or temporarily rendering the firearm inoperable by a trigger lock or other means.

(b) A person commits an offense if a child gains access to a readily dischargeable firearm and the person with criminal negligence:

(1) failed to secure the firearm; or

(2) left the firearm in a place to which the person knew or should have known the child would gain access.

(c) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the child's access to the firearm:

(1) was supervised by a person older than 18 years of age and was for hunting, sporting, or other lawful purposes;

(2) consisted of lawful defense by the child of people or property;

(3) was gained by entering property in violation of this code; or

(4) occurred during a time when the actor was engaged in an agricultural enterprise.

(d) Except as provided by Subsection (e), an offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

(e) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor if the child discharges the firearm and causes death or serious bodily injury to himself or another person.

(f) A peace officer or other person may not arrest the actor before the seventh day after the date on which the offense is committed if:

(1) the actor is a member of the family, as defined by Section 71.003, Family Code, of the child who discharged the firearm; and

(2) the child in discharging the firearm caused the death of or serious injury to the child.

(g) A dealer of firearms shall post in a conspicuous position on the premises where the dealer conducts business a sign that contains the following warning in block letters not less than one inch in height:

"IT IS UNLAWFUL TO STORE, TRANSPORT, OR ABANDON AN UNSECURED FIREARM IN A PLACE WHERE CHILDREN ARE LIKELY TO BE AND CAN OBTAIN ACCESS TO THE FIREARM."

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 83, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 62, Sec. 15.02(g), eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

 

KEY GUIDELINES FOR SAFE STORAGE INCLUDE:

  • Unloaded firearms should be stored in a locked cabinet, safe, gun vault or storage case. The storage location should be inaccessible to children.
  • Gun locking devices render firearms inoperable and can be used in addition to locked storage. If firearms are disassembled, parts should be securely stored in separate locations.
  • Ammunition should be stored in a locked location separate from firearms.
  • Thoroughly double check firearms to confirm that they are unloaded when you remove them from storage. Accidents could occur if a family member borrows a gun and returns it to storage while still loaded.

A MESSAGE FOR YOUR CHILDREN

Children and adolescents are naturally curious about firearms and, as a result, may be tempted to "play" with a firearm they find. Make sure young people in your home are aware of and understand these safety guidelines:

  • Don't go snooping, or allow other kids to go snooping, for guns in the house.
  • If you find a gun in your house, or anywhere else, STOP! Do not touch it or allow anyone else to. Leave the area and be sure to immediately tell an adult.
  • Even if a gun looks like a toy, don't touch it. Some real guns look like toy guns, so don't take a chance. Leave the area and immediately tell an adult.
  • Print this certificate so your kids can sign the Project ChildSafe Children’s Pledge.

FIREARMS KEPT FOR HOME SECURITY

The choice to keep a firearm in your home for sporting purposes, a collection or self-protection is a serious responsibility. Gun owners must be committed to obtaining the appropriate training and having a clear understanding of safe handling and storage rules to achieve the intended personal safety benefits.

Before choosing a firearm for home security, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Are my security concerns realistic and consistent with local crime rates?
  2. Do other adults in my household support maintaining a gun in the house?
  3. Will other adults with access to the firearm join me in a firearms training and safety program?
  4. What precautions will I practice to safeguard children?
  5. Do risk factors such as mental illness or drug and alcohol abuse exist within my household?

Your decision should also take into consideration issues such as individual temperament, reaction to emergency situations and specific family circumstances.

Access to Firearms Kept for Home Security

If you choose to keep a firearm for home security, your objective should be to create a situation in which the firearm is readily available to you, yet inaccessible or inoperative to others. Special lockable cases that can be quickly opened only by authorized individuals are options to consider.