Additional Safe Storage Guidelines:
- Firearms should be stored locked and unloaded when not in use. Read your firearm’s manual and know how to safely remove any ammunition from the firearm and its magazine.
- When possible and where permitted by law, consider storing firearms offsite or away from the home so they are not accessible to the person at risk.
- Store firearms disassembled and when possible store ammunition separately.
- If using a key lock, keep the keys on your person or inaccessible to the person at risk.
- Always unload and securely store your firearms immediately after returning from a hunting trip or a day at the range.
- A gun lock should be used as an additional safety precaution and not as a substitute for secure storage.
- Educate everyone in your family about firearm safety and preventing unauthorized access.
Medicines, alcohol, chemicals and knives can also be used to harm oneself. Consider the following steps:
- Secure medicine or chemical storage cabinets with a lock, or consider a medicine lock box.
- Remove medicines, chemicals and alcohol from the home as appropriate.
- Keep keys inaccessible to the person at risk.
- Ensure all family members with access take serious precautions to re-secure items after use.