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    Gun Safety for Preschoolers

    Does anyone know of a good web-based program that I can use to teach my son about the basics of gun safety?


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    Web based ...Not sure..

    The NRA sells the Eddie Eagle CD for about 10 bucks..
    It teaches what PRE-SCHOOLERS should know about firearms...
    By the "basics of gun safety" do you mean actually handling a firearm..??
    Don't know if that can or should be found anywhere...

    But for kids that ARE old enough there are other CD's available from the NRA. They may be your best source for info that you need.
    Teach them young and they will learn the right way. It also takes away the curiosity factor that causes so many problems.

    Good luck
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    IIRC, your son is about 4 yrs old and you just bought him a BB gun?

    Although I have not ever seen a complete guide or lesson plan on the internet for firearm safety, I will post a couple of sites for reference. You may want to contact a local firearm safety instructor and you should be able to get the lesson materials from him/her for a small fee. I believe that you can also order the basic firearm handling booklets from either the NRA or the NSSF. The NRA has a program called "Eddie Eagle" which teaches pre-schoolers what to do in case they find or encounter a gun in the house. This may be contrary to what your looking for but is still a good lesson to teach your child.

    The Texas Parks and Wildlife website has a short online course. I'm not sure how extensive it is but you can try that.

    http://homestudy.ihea.com/

    AND ...

    TPWD: Texas Hunter Education


    The National Shooting Sports Foundation has several DVD's that can be ordered and these will also help guide you with teaching your son.

    NSSF | Safety & Education

    Most of the materials you are looking for are published and given to Certified Firearms Instructors. The materials are typically accounted for and have a small fee, sometimes a registration to a safety class is required to obtain the materials but I'm afraid your son is too young to be a registered student. The TPWD website should give a listing of instructors in your area and if you contact them or your local Game Warden, they should be able to get you the information you really need.

    http://www.nrahq.org/hunting/statefishgame.asp


    Glad to see you are being pro-active in getting your boy off on the right foot. Firearm safety is serious business and teaching your son will give you both some time together and hopefully help educate both of you at the same time.

    If I can help any further, feel free to PM me. Good luck.


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    You are his father, why don't you do it?

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    The Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety

    Here are the 10 Commandments of Firearm Safety that I teach. If you understand all of these rules, you and your son can study, review and discuss each of them and how they effect handling a firearm. This is something you can do and test him on the answers.




    The Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety


    1. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

    2. Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use.

    3. Don't rely on your gun's safety.

    4. Be sure of your target and what's beyond it.

    5. Use proper ammunition.

    6. If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care.

    7. Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.

    8. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting.

    9. Don't alter or modify your gun and have it serviced regularly.

    10. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rcher View Post
    ...2. Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use...
    How about the loaded shotgun for home SD and my stashed Glock that is loaded in case something goes bump in the night.

    Everything is secured.

    Would this count as in use?

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    2. Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use.
    Quote Originally Posted by Thanis View Post
    How about the loaded shotgun for home SD and my stashed Glock that is loaded in case something goes bump in the night.

    Everything is secured.

    Would this count as in use?

    Since this is a "defensive" forum, this rule is probably broken more than any of the rules. However, if you have kids around and they can somehow have access to a loaded firearm .. then NO. This is a sticky scenario. Techinically, the firearm "should" be unloaded unless in use.

    So, what defines use? It's a very vague term and thats where common sense comes in.

    Since I always err on the side of safety, Is there a way that you can store the firearm ready for use without making it available to anyone that finds it? Maybe a trigger lock or only loading the magazine tube then attaching a trigger lock?

    As responsible adults and educated gun owners, we have the "responsibility" to follow the safety rules as much as we can. Its a call that all of us have to make and common sense should guide us in those decisions.

    I do not have kids in the home and rarely do I. I do have an 870 loaded and ready for use but nobody has access to it. Its behind a locked door that has a cipher lock on it. I press a combination into the lock and the door opens.

    Use your head and be safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thanis View Post
    How about the loaded shotgun for home SD and my stashed Glock that is loaded in case something goes bump in the night.

    Everything is secured.

    Would this count as in use?
    A weapon that is loaded and kept for self defense is in use.

    However, if you have kids you might want to consider a quick opening gun vault of some type for whenever the gun is not on your person.
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    Does it have to be web-based? I took my kids to the Eddie Eagle program live, and they loved it. They still remember the rules today, years later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    Does it have to be web-based? I took my kids to the Eddie Eagle program live, and they loved it. They still remember the rules today, years later.
    Another vote for Eddie Eagle...

    If I were starting over, I'd have my kids go through this program.

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    Thanks guys- I think the Eddie the Eagle program will be a great fit. I e-mailed the NRA because I could not find a calendar of events (i.e. when the class will be taught in North Texas). Anyone have a link to something like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rcher View Post
    7. Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.
    Since this has already been picked at, I'll throw in my .02

    I guess I have to start bringing ear plugs and glasses everywhere I go. I'll just have to ask the BG to hold on while I plug my ears and cover my eyes!

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    how bout keep booger hook off bang switch til ready to fire
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    I ordered the Eddie the Eagle materials, thanks for your help guys!

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