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Free Gun Locks: Store Them Safe

Tuesday July 31, 2018

Did you know safe firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents? We want to remind gun owners to store their firearms responsibly. The Utah Department of Public Safety and its Bureau of Criminal Identification, in collaboration with the Utah Department of Health and Department of Human Services along with Utah Shooting Sports Council, have published an informational brochure (below) to help the public understand what firearm safety is and how to prevent a tragedy in your family.

If you would like a free gun lock, please visit BCI at their location in Taylorsville (3888 W 5400 S, Taylorsville, UT) to pick yours up. Thousands are currently available at no cost to the public. One lock per person. If you have any further questions regarding the locks, please call 801-965-4445.

The purpose of firearm safety is to eliminate or minimize the risk of unintentional death, injury, or damage caused by improper possession, storage, or handling of firearms.

Basic Firearm Safety Rules

  1. Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.
  2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target and you have made the decision to fire.
  3. Never point a firearm at anything you are not willing to shoot/destroy.
  4. Know your target, your target’s environment, and any other safety hazard before you fire.

Ways to Safely Store Your Guns

  • Store guns safely and securely when not in use.
  • As appropriate for your situation, store ammunition in a separate securely locked container.
  • Keep the keys where children and others cannot find them.

The storage method chosen must provide an adequate level of protection to prevent unauthorized persons from accessing the firearms. Different types of locking mechanisms offer varying degrees of security and accessibility. Some storage methods include keyed locks, combination locks, lock boxes, firearm safes, etc.

Did you know 88% of firearm deaths in Utah (2011-2015) are suicides. If there is a firearm in the vicinity of someone who is displaying suicide warning signs, please follow the rules listed above.

Suicide Warning Signs Listed below are signs that someone may be at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased.

  • Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself.
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless, having no reason to live, being trapped, in unbearable pain, or about being a burden to others.
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.
  • Experiencing relational, social, work, or financial loss.
The image below will link you directly to a pamphlet with further information.

 

 

 

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