LASD Palmdale Station Child Safety Month: Gun Safety

Palmdale, California - October 8, 2013

More than 44 million Americans own firearms. Whether you collect guns as a hobby or use them for protection, guns can be found everywhere. If you decide to avoid firearms completely your child still has the potential to encounter a weapon at a friend’s house or on the street. If you chose to own a firearm educating your child on the potential dangers is imperative. Whatever your decision is, educating your child on gun safety can prevent them from being involved in an accident.
  • First and foremost children should realize guns are deadly. If you do keep a gun in the house, it is vital to keep it out of your child’s sight and out of their reach. Guns should be kept in a gun safe locked and unloaded, and the ammunition should be stored separately.
  • Educate your child to follow these rules if they should come in contact with a gun: 
          -  Stop all activities
          -  Do not touch the gun
          -  Leave the gun and the area immediately
          -  Tell an adult right away or notify the police
  • Allowing your child to play with a toy gun is a personal decision. It is also a personal decision on how you respond to your child “pretend shooting” during their course of play. Remember, even if you don’t allow your child to play with a toy gun, their friends may have them. So explain to your child that real guns, unlike toy guns or those shown on TV, in movies, or in video games can seriously injure or even kill a person.
  • It is very important for a child to leave the area to avoid harm by someone who doesn’t know not to touch the gun. A child as young as three has the finger strength to pull the trigger. It is also important for children to tell an adult about the gun that has been found.
  • If your child finds a gun and you are unsure what to do call your local police or sheriff station immediately.
Working together as a community we can educate ourselves and our children on gun safety to reduce the risk of injury or death. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Palmdale Sheriff Station at 661-272-2400 or email Deputy Jodi Wolfe at

Deputy Jodi Wolfe

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