Secure your Gun
A Pennsylvania legislator knew his gun was missing the night before a teenage neighbor was found shot to death next to it, but he and his family did not think to call police to report it missing, his attorney said Wednesday.(LINK)
With the Jim Webb gungate going on I want to inform you of what it means to secure your weapon. Did Jim Webb or his staffer follow any of these common rules? Here are few things from the Prince William Sheriff's office.
As a firearms owner, it is your responsibility to know how to properly handle any firearm you possess and to know how to secure your firearm(s) in a safe manner. The Virginia law holds adults accountable when children have access to guns. The estimated number of households with guns is as high as 40 percent. In 1999, 306 children died from an accidental shooting.
Options for securing your firearm:
- Unload and disassemble your gun.
- Lock in gun box, unloaded.
- Chain or cable lock, unloaded.
- Apply trigger lock, gun unloaded.
- Ammunition should be locked in separate place.
"The security of your firearm is your responsibility. Failure to secure your firearm in accordance with the law attracts heavy financial penalties and possible loss of license. Stolen firearms could result in death or injury to members of the public. Be responsible. Secure that gun." That quote is from a Australian shooting club but I take it to heart. You should also. Now if we can get Sen Webb and his staff on board...
The NRA (Webb shoots at one their ranges) has this advice. Rule #3- ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use. How to store you gun-Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons. (People who will take them to Capital Hill)
Many factors must be considered when deciding where and how to store guns. A person's particular situation will be a major part of the consideration. Dozens of gun storage devices, as well as locking devices that attach directly to the gun, are available. However, mechanical locking devices, like the mechanical safeties built into guns, can fail and should not be used as a substitute for safe gun handling and the observance of all gun safety rules.
Some people will defend Webb and his negligent practices. They will go as far as say you are putting politics over 2nd amendment rights. That is a crock. My 2nd Amendment rights come with the responsibility to be safe for myself, my family, and my neighbors. Anything less is unacceptable.
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