Whenever people start talking about gun safety and kids, the emphasis is usually on little kids and toddlers. It’s important to understand that by the time your children get to be teenagers the basic rules of gun safety need to be instilled in them. Whether they can get to a loaded gun in your house or not, your teenagers should know the basic rules of gun safety. Below you’ll find tips to help teach your teenager about gun safety.
Tip 1: Demystify Guns
Most teenagers, especially boys, find guns fascinating. By keeping guns forbidden and mysterious you’re only increasing their allure. Allow your kids to handle your guns with under your supervision. Show them how to check the chamber. Help them point the gun in a safe direction.
Tip 2: How About a BB Gun to Start?
Owning a BB gun can teach children good safety habits or bad ones. Store it with your guns and make a point of treating it like a real gun, which it is. Let your young hunter bring it along, unloaded, on short hunts with you. Insist that he carry it with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
Tip 3: Spend Time at the Range
The more often you take your children shooting, the more practiced they’ll become in handling guns safely. Kids will be scrupulously careful about muzzle control until they fire a shot. In the excitement of hearing the gun go off, they will turn to you, swinging the gun, or drop it down so it points at their toes. If the gun is empty, it’s a teachable moment, not a potential tragedy. Insist on eye and ear protection, and emphasize its importance by always wearing it yourself.
Tip 4: Lead By Example
You’re trying to instill lifelong safety habits, and nothing you say speaks as loudly as your own actions when you and your son or daughter hunt together. Handle your own guns with extra emphasis on safety.
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