Who Should Check to Make Sure the Gun Isn’t Loaded When Teaching a Child to Shoot?
Of course you should make sure the chamber is empty before you hand a gun to a child, but the child needs to learn about gun safety, so they should check the gun themselves to make sure the chamber and magazine are empty. The key to gun safety with children is not just to teach them the facts about guns, but to get them into the habit of practicing gun safety. The only way to set them up for success is to develop habits through practice.
Many parents teach their children to focus on making sure the safety is on, but not all guns have external safety locks, while all guns can be loaded. So, make sure to include the safety as part of safe gun practices, but don’t rely on it. Some other gun safety tips for children are listed below.
Don’t make guns a secret. Children are naturally curious, so making guns a household secret means that they are going to explore them in secret, without the benefit of your advice and the safety that goes along with it. If you have children in the house, never leave guns loaded and always make sure the ammo is hard for them to access, but easy for you to access in an emergency. When teaching a child to shoot a gun, make sure the gun is size-appropriate so they can handle it comfortably. Always use safety gear to avoid damaging the ears and/or eyes of a child.