Incidents involving guns continue to be a threat to our students, their families and our staff. Did you know that more people in King County are killed by guns than car crashes? Or that over 70 percent of gun deaths in King County involve suicides?
Unsecured firearms are a significant public health issue. Data from Washington State Behavioral Health reveals that over 34 percent of Washington adults report having firearms in or around their homes. Under half of those (46 percent) individuals report firearms in their homes being unsecured. Unrestricted access to firearms, including the lack of safe storage practices, are known risks for firearms violence.
Unsecured guns are part of a significant public health and safety crisis. However, simple steps can reduce unwanted access to and theft of firearms. King County’s LOCK-IT-UP campaign promotes the safe storage of firearms with the goal of reducing unwanted access to firearms and provides details on the different types of locks and where to buy them.
Simple firearm storage tips include:
- Store firearms unloaded and locked
- To properly store firearms, use a gun safe, gun lock box, a trigger lock or a chamber lock
- Store and lock ammunition in a separate place
Additional tips for parents on talking about the topic of firearm safety can be found here.
Check out the Safety and Security “Resources” tab for additional information on safe firearm storage and prevention strategies.
Safe firearm storage is everyone’s responsibility. Thank you for helping keep our families and communities safe.