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Brownbear

A reminder to everyone, airguns can kill

...to keep their guns secure.

It's safe enough in the garage. Not.
tahir

Just edited the title and stickified it.
Pilsbury

I know my air guns aren't locked up as I dont have a gun safe BUT my amunition is and there are no kids in the house, leaving a loaded gun in reach of children is very foolish, that said my sympathy is with the family, even the Father as its all to easy to become complacent with air weapons.
mark

what a tragedy - and a very apt reminder to everyone with guns or airguns ..

Mark
Brownbear

You don't need to secure air weapons by law, but there's a good cheap way to do so without needing the fuss and expense of a steel cabinet required for rifles and shotguns.

One of these:



can be fitted to a solid brick, block or stone wall with ease - all you need is a drill - and then you can use a short chain and padlock to secure the gun to it. Make sure the chain goes around the weapon and through the trigger guard.

You can also purchase trigger locks for about a fiver to a tenner from any reputable gun shop, or online, that prevent the trigger being accessed by unauthorised users.

Trigger locks
Pilsbury

thanks BB I will do just that, they are currently hidden in the back corner of built in wardrobes and in covers and we have no kids in the house so wasnt to keen on the expense of a gun safe but
I will certainly look into the wall eyes and visit the gun shop for the trigger guards.
The amunition is in a small fireproof safe in a seperte room so loading and using them is a very deliberate job.
Wood child

Wait... sorry, whats everyone on about? You said my sympathies r with the family... something I missed?
maryf

Just click on the link - in bold and dark green - on Brownbears post - the first one of the thread
Jamanda

Wood child wrote:
Wait... sorry, whats everyone on about? You said my sympathies r with the family... something I missed?


Click on the green lettering in Brown Bears's original post. It is a link to a news article.
Wood child

Thanks. God, thats sad.
Wood child

I assume that the kid didn't know it was loaded. Parents should teach their kids about that kind of hazard.
Hairyloon

Pilsbury wrote:
leaving a loaded gun in reach of children is very foolish...

Leaving a loaded gun anywhere seems pretty stupid to me.
T.G

how terribly sad - how easy to prevent and how awfully quick a little life ended Sad
Brownbear

That's the point really. No malice, just a moment of thoughtlessness and then a dreadful tragedy. It really is worthwhile to go through all your gun and ammunition storage from time to time, audit it for how safe it is, also consider things like hunting knives and open razors, things that fascinate children. Even when children can handle guns safely, they still haven't learned when to take 'em out and when to leave 'em in.

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it
Wood child

Is it me or is everyone round here welsh?
Wood child

Oh, sorry to go off topic. Anyhow, why didn't the gun have a trigger lock?
Basically a necessity with kids around.
Brownbear

Wood child wrote:
is everyone round here welsh?


No.
Wood child

Another example. My old man used to have a hunting knife, it was HUGE.
When I was born, he just got rid of it. Gave him the creeps.
woodsprite

We are a shooting family, we have three gun cabinets and a seperate ammo box. When the boys were young we had three gun cabinets AND a trigger lock for every gun. A friend kept his loaded shotgun propped by the kitchen table 'ready'. My sons were NEVER allowed in his house.
Cant believe how dangerous some people are around guns.
jema

There are always a lot of argument about gun statistics, but I don't think the gun lobby has ever come close to arguing away the fact that a "ready" gun is a zillion times more likely to be the cause of something nasty rather than dealing with the crazed intruder etc.
john of wessex

The Scotish Executive has been argueing for control over air guns due to problems they are having with them - including a number of fatalities.
Lorrainelovesplants

No, were not all Welsh....

We have an airgun - its not lockedup, but the pellets are, and our 12 yr old, who is allowed to shoot if one of us is present, would never dream of just taking it.....its been well hammered into him the dangers....but to be honest, he has much more fun things to do...
like chopping kindling with the axe (which he gets paid for).

Poor family.
Midland Spinner

I was always brought up to assume that any gun was loaded until proven otherwise and on this handy little poem:
"Never, NEVER let a gun,
pointed be at anyone"
dpack

unhappy
care with owt dangeroos is good

education is probably better than securing all hazards to prevent such things but secure is safe
bigpaul

[quote="Pilsbury:813256"]I know my air guns aren't locked up as I dont have a gun safe BUT my amunition is and there are no kids in the house, leaving a loaded gun in reach of children is very foolish, that said my sympathy is with the family, even the Father as its all to easy to become complacent with air weapons.[/quote) never leave a gun LOADED, if you leave a cocked break barrel airgun it could damage the spring, apart from the chance of it going off.
Pilsbury

Yeah I know, and now I am a father my guns have trigger locks and the ammo is locked away, and little one is only 9 months but as I said, before I had no kids, now I do.
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