Statistics surrounding gun violence in the US and research proves that secure gun storage reduces firearm injuries among our youth. As we start a new school year, we urge all families to understand the laws, take action to secure firearms, and have conversations with your children about gun safety.
Massachusetts law requires “all guns to be stored in a locked container or equipped with a tamper-resistant mechanical lock or other safety device.” For a complete list of approved safety/locking devices, see the Mass.gov website.
The BeSmart website and program has many resources and tools to help families talk with young people about gun safety and plan for safe storage at home. As BeSmart notes on their website, “research shows that [safe] storage practices can play a vital role in reducing the risk of gun violence, particularly among children.” Check out their practical guides:
We hope every parent and guardian takes the time to get informed about gun safety and secure storage in the home.