More women than ever are taking on the responsibility of gun ownership. While it is true that women Veterans are well-trained in the care and use of firearms as a result of military duty, it is critical to ensure that guns stored in the home are properly secured. By following these common-sense tips, parents and children can help prevent firearms accidents in the home.
Firearm storage options include, but are not limited to:
A firearm locking device is intended only to deter access to a firearm by unauthorized persons, particularly children. It is not intended to withstand forced entry by someone determined to defeat the lock by using tools or other aggressive means, and should be considered as only one element of a safe storage program for firearms.
Let VA Help. To protect Veterans and their family members, VA endorses Project ChildSafe, a program that provides cable gun locks at VA medical facilities across the country at no charge. Gun safety locks not only help protect the lives of Veterans, but also their family members. Contact your nearest VA Medical Center and get a free gun lock from your primary care team or the facility’s suicide prevention coordinator.
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and PRESS 1
Women Veterans Call Center: 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636)
Contact your nearest VA Medical Center and obtain a free gun lock from your primary care team or the facility’s suicide
The U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)*†
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