Group aims to avert tragedies involving kids and guns – News-Press Now

Library-goers had the opportunity Thursday night to learn more about firearm safety, specifically, ways to store a firearm and protect children when there is a gun in the house.

The event was hosted by Midwest Best Handgun Instructors, a group that aims to teach how to use a gun and how to be responsible as a gun owner. Instructor Shawn Harper has seen first-hand how a lack of education can be deadly when it comes to gun safety.

“When I was a young man, a boy that I went to school with accidentally killed his dad crossing over the fence with a loaded shotgun,” Harper said. “When I was 18 years old, my cousin Mark accidentally shot himself in a hunting accident, and a month later my aunt had to make the heartbreaking decision to unhook him from life support.”

In an effort to end some of the tragedies, Harper began teaching classes much like the one that was held at the Downtown Library.

“Children are attracted to and can operate a gun at an amazingly early age; I’ve seen it when I taught other classes,” Harper said. “Therefore, the person that owns the gun should prevent children from getting a hold of that gun.”

Along with showing off a few safes and locking mechanisms that could be used to secure firearms, Harper also shared some rules for gun storage with children: keep the gun locked or locked up, keep the gun unloaded, store ammunition in a secure and separate location, when handling or cleaning a gun don’t leave it unattended, and teach your children that guns can be dangerous.

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