ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-With the holidays approaching, guns are are likely to be on many gift lists. In 2015, there was a 24 percent increase in the number of guns bought during the holidays.
The American Academy of Pediatrics calls gun violence a public health epidemic. They advise that the safest homes are those without guns and that if guns are in the home that they be stores locked and unloaded.
Andrea Bauman with the Lock it for Love project joined us on the morning show to explain.
Lock it for Love is a gun safety project in which we provide information to parents and children about preventing accidental gun injuries and deaths by keeping all firearms in the home locked and unloaded and out of reach of children. Missouri has second highest number of unintentional firearms deaths of children, when children gain access to an unsecured gun and shoot themselves, another child or an adult.
Gun sales have increased the past two years during the holiday season. This year on Black Friday the FBI’s
National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed more background checks for gun transactions, 185,713 in total; than on any single day since the system launched nearly two decades ago.
It`s important for those considering buying a gun as a gift to make sure the recipient has information about safe storage.
To learn more visit: womensvoicesraised.org/lock-it-for-love/