Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Weekly Tip - Kids Around? Secure Your Firearms!

California law requires secure storage of firearms when children under 18 are likely to be present and you are in control of the premises. Definitions and exemptions can be found in Penal Code section 12035, Criminal Storage of a Firearm.

Gun safety starts at home. If weapons are present in a home, children need to be taught proper weapon handling and safety. Weapons need to be properly secured. In the event that a child finds a gun, the National Rifle Association Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program teaches children the following:

•Don't touch!
•Leave the area!
•Tell an adult!

The NRA also offers additional information for parents on gun safety, training and additional information HERE.

There is no excuse for having an unsecured weapon in your home. Gun safes are reasonably priced and are readily available. Use of a gun safe is preferred, but many police departments offer simple gun locks for free. The Arcadia Police Department officers residents gun locks free of charge at our front counter. Check with your local agency for availability.

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  1. Many NRA Certified Instructors offer courses in firearm safety. The four hour NRA Home Firearm Safety Course instills the basic knowledge and skills and explains the attitude necessary for the safe handling and storage of guns in the home. The certified Home Safety course and other courses in Basic Pistol and Basic Rifle are offered locally. Information on these courses can be obtained by e-mailing: