A PROGRAM OF THE NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION

Oklahoma City

DO YOUR PART TO HELP OUR COMMUNITY ACHIEVE THE GOAL OF ZERO ACCIDENTAL FIREARMS DEATHS.

Pick up a FREE GUN LOCK at your local law enforcement location. Securely store firearms when not in use.

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Safely handle and store your firearms to protect your family and neighbors.

Handling

Firearms safety begins with understanding and carefully following the rules of safe gun handling. Before handling any firearm, familiarize yourself with these safety procedures:

Know how the firearm operates — including safely opening and closing the action of the firearm, and removing ammunition from the gun or its magazine. For free safety and operating instructions, write to the manufacturer or visit its website.

Always keep a gun pointed in a safe direction, even when handling an unloaded gun — so that if it were to fire it would not result in injury.

Never assume that a firearm is unloaded. Immediately open the action and look into the chamber(s) for ammunition, or if the gun has a magazine, carefully remove it before opening the action.

Always keep your finger off the trigger, even when handling an unloaded gun. Your finger should rest outside the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. The only time you should touch the trigger is when you are ready to safely fire.

Remember, nearly all firearms accidents in the home can be prevented simply by making sure that guns are kept unloaded and locked up when not in use, with ammunition secured in a separate location.

Storage

Key guidelines for responsible firearms storage:

Unloaded firearms should be stored in a locked cabinet, safe, gun vault or storage case when not in use. 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.

PSA: Safely securing firearms when not in use should be part of your ongoing safety routine.

TOP 3 LESSONS FOR YOUR KIDS

Children and teens 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:

  1. Don't go snooping, or allow other kids to go snooping, for guns in the house.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

TAKE THE QUIZ
ON HUNTING
SAFETY

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Own it? Respect it. Secure it.

Take the Pledge

I choose to own a firearm and therefore accept responsibility for using and storing it safely. I commit to securing my firearm when not in use, being aware of who can access it at all times and educating others to do the same.

About the Program

In 2015, NSSF® was awarded a $2.4 million grant by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. The funds from this cooperative agreement will go toward an initiative to reach more people about the importance of firearms safety, as well as to provide safety kits, including a gun lock, in Project ChildSafe® Communities throughout the country, to encourage responsible firearms storage and help reduce firearms accidents, theft and misuse.

The initiative is also partnering with several local organizations representing conservation groups, mental health and suicide prevention advocates, veterans, retailers and hunting and shooting groups to help share messages and information about responsible firearms storage.

In Oklahoma City, the initiative will provide local law enforcement agencies with thousands of gun locks to distribute at public events and at their office locations, complemented by a library of educational resources and information.

“By making the safety kits and educational resources available, we will help promote responsible gun ownership to members of our community that will have a larger impact in facilitating smart habits that will help keep guns safely stored away from children, at-risk individuals and criminals,” said Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty.

Get Involved

The number one way to get involved in Oklahoma City is to embrace firearm safety and responsible storage as a community priority. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Sign the pledge.
  2. Encourage all gun owners to practice — and promote — firearms safety.
    • Start at home by talking to your family.
    • Watch & share the PSA.
    • Share the editorial from the Oklahoman.
  3. Invite community organizations to partner with this campaign and join us in delivering safety messages.
    • Share the link to the supporters page.
    • Use the ORS logo on your website and social media pages.