Stop Handgun Violence was started by gun owners and business people. As such, one of the fundamental pillars of our mission is promoting responsible gun ownership. One aspect of that is encouraging safe gun storage. We encourage all gun owners to keep their guns locked and unloaded when the firearm is not under their control (which is required by law in some states, like Massachusetts).
The simplest way to lock a firearm is a trigger lock. They retail for as little as $5.00. A simple trigger lock can be the difference between life and death for a child who accesses a gun without their parent’s permission. For example, according to the Children Defense Fund, more than half of youths who committed suicide using a gun used a firearm found in the home, usually their parents. In addition, for the latest data available more children under age 5 were killed by guns than law enforcement in the line of duty.
For more on the importance of responsible gun ownership, see John Rosenthal’s Huffington Post blog here.
If you are interested in receiving a free trigger lock, fill out our form here, and we will send you one as long as our supplies last.