Safety and Injury Prevention Gun Safety Gun Safety in the Home Gun safety is something that applies to everyone. Whether you are a gun-free home, a hunter, law enforcement, a sport shooter or an average gun owner. Everyone needs to know the basics of gun safety. This includes safe use and storage of firearms and what children should do if they see a gun. Gun Safety Tips> View All Gun Safety for Gun Owners & Users Firearm safety is always a priority for anyone who owns a firearm, even if you rarely use or carry one. Here are a few things to keep in mind:Make sure you store all firearms and ammunition in a safe place out of reach of children or visitors.Make sure you always use the proper safety gear when using a firearm of any kind, including proper ear and eye protection.Remember, you are solely responsible for any damage caused by a firearm you discharge, including unintentional damage or injury.Always treat a firearm as if it's loaded, never point a firearm at anything you do not intend to destroy.Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction, even when it is unloaded.Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.Always make sure firearms are unloaded and placed on safe when transporting, packing or storing.Never use alcohol or other impairing substances when using or carrying a firearm.Learn more about training in safety and proficiency in firearms.Learn about universal firearm safety rules.For more information visit the Missouri Hunter Safety Course. Gun Safety for Parents Parents play a key role when it comes to both creating a safe environment for children and developing safe practices for their families.In gun free homes, it is important to realize that your child may still come across a firearm outside of the home, so talk to your child about what to do it that situation. Stop, don't touch, run away and tell a grown up.In homes where guns may be present or even used by youth at a responsible age, it is important to constantly reinforce safe use and storage of firearms.Make sure all firearms and ammunition are stored in a safe place out of reach of children or visitors. Children should not know where firearms are stored so they can't be accessed without consent and supervision of an adult.Talk to your child about gun safety. By removing the mystery surrounding guns, your child will be far less curious and more likely to follow safety rules.For more information on talking to children about gun safety, check out this video. Gun Safety for Children It is important to start early when it comes to gun safety with children. The NRA's Eddie Eagle program is designed to teach children the basics of gun safety and what to do if they come across a firearm. The four basic rules for children are:Stop - The first step is crucial. Stopping first allows your child the time he or she needs to remember the rest of the safety instructions.Don't Touch - A firearm that is not touched or disturbed is unlikely to be fired and otherwise endanger your child or other people.Run Away - This removes the temptation to touch the firearm as well as the danger that another person may negligently cause it to fire.Tell a Grown Up - Children should seek a trustworthy adult, neighbor, relative or teacher, if a parent or guardian is not available.For more information on this program, check out Eddie Eagle. For hunting safety tips, visit our Outdoor Safety page.Gun storage programs available in the area:Free Gun Lock ProgramTrauma services at CoxHealth, in partnership with Children’s Miracle Network, provides free gun locks to anyone in need of safer storage options for firearms.We use several methods of distribution including our local emergency departments and CoxHealth security services. If you are in need, you can visit any of the CoxHealth emergency departments (Cox South, Cox North and Cox Branson) and ask for security. You can also pick up a gun lock from trauma services at Cox South, just schedule a time to come by, call 417-269-0920 or email injuryprevention@CoxHealth.com.Hold My Guns ProgramOriginally designed for veterans suffering from suicidal thoughts, Hold My Guns’ mission is to connect responsible firearm owners with voluntary, private off-site storage options, through our national network of partnering gun shops and FFLs, during times of mental health crisis or personal need.This program is a great option for someone traveling for extended periods of time, as well as those who might not be in a place where access to firearms is ideal for their mental state. These people can utilize this secure off sight storage until the issue is resolved.Current participating partners in the area:Branson Cerakote and Laser131 Industrial Park Dr STE 3,Hollister, MO 65672417-544-0741For more information on this national program, visit the Hold My Guns website. 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