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The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to avoid keeping guns and firearms in the home or car. If this isn't possible, guns and firearms should be kept away from children. footnote 1
Small children, even some 1-year-olds, are able to pull the trigger on a gun. And older children or adults can mishandle guns or firearms and injure others. Guns need to be stored:
Talk with your children about gun safety. Be sure that they know to stay away from guns in a friend's home or elsewhere and to tell you if they see or find a gun.
Talk with the parents of your children's friends. Find out if they have guns in their homes. If they do, ask that they keep them unloaded, locked up, and out of children's reach.
Dowd MD, et al. (2012). Firearm-related injuries affecting the pediatric population (American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement). Pediatrics, 130(5):e1416-23. Reaffirmed December 2016. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2012-2481. Accessed November 10, 2017.
Current as of:
September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: John Pope MD - PediatricsKathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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