Shooting of Roseburg family sparks conversation about gun safety

In light of the recent shooting of a family in Roseburg by their foster son, gun safety is on the minds of everyone. Keeping firearms in a safe or lock box is the best way to keep them out of minors' hands. 

Posted: Nov 10, 2017 6:38 AM
Updated: Nov 10, 2017 6:39 AM

In light of the shooting of a Roseburg family by their 16-year-old foster son, it's raising a lot of awareness about how to keep firearms out of the hands of minors.

Most research shows that the best way to do that is to keep guns in a lock box or safe.

Since guns spend most of the time at home, it's important to make sure children are unable to access them.

If you're interested in getting a safe, get ready to spend a lot of money, since safes range from $300 to $2,500. Smaller firearms can fit in lock boxes, which are a more affordable option.

Make sure the gun is unloaded and stored properly, and store the ammunition in a separate location from the firearm.

Many websites also suggest the importance of educating your children on gun safety. Make sure they know that it's not a toy; it's a deadly weapon that must be handled with extreme caution.

Project Child Safe provides a search engine for finding local law enforcement agencies in your community that offer free gun safety kits.

For more information, you can visit their website http://www.projectchildsafe.org/safety/safety-kit/Oregon.

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