Spending the weekend at the shooting range is an excellent way to spend a Sunday afternoon. It relieves a lot of stress and leaves you feeling rejuvenated. However, firearms are very dangerous and care should be taken when handling them. Below are ways to safeguard your children when you have just bought a new firearm:
Do not load bullets when they are watching
Many people assume that since they are not using the firearm, there is nothing wrong with loading bullets in the presence of children. It is entirely wrong to do this in front of them since it shows them that such activity is allowed. You must never show your children that it is right to play around with firearms since they will always want to experiment whenever they find them lying around the house. An ideal place to load bullets is at the shooting range where all measures have been taken to ensure the safety of everyone.
Avoid playing shooting games with the children
Some people will take out all the bullets from the firearm and then start playing shooting games with their children. While the kids might enjoy such games, you are risking both your lives. Children should be taught the distinction between dangerous activities and what is unacceptable. You should not allow them to engage in violent activities or anything closely related to that. In this way, they grow up knowing that handling firearms is dangerous and similar games will not be tolerated.
Never leave your firearms in the car
You might assume that leaving the firearm in the car is safer compared to walking with it to the house. It happens when a person still expects to use the firearm later on and assumes there is no need of taking it into the house. This is a hazardous situation since the children who are playing outside can decide to open the car for their usual games. They will then come across the gun and start playing with it. Even if you only have to change your clothes and then leave the house, always carry your new firearm. Place it in the safe, and once you are ready to leave, you can remove it from the safe.
If possible, keep both the old and new firearms out of sight from the children. Children are very inquisitive, and once they see a firearm in the house, they will be tempted to look for it since they consider it as a toy. The result can be fatal injuries within your home.