Many guns are stored unsafely. Locking up firearms can greatly reduce unwanted access and safe lives.
LOK-IT-UP encourages the safe storage of firearms.
Why Lock Up Your Firearm?
Why should you buy a device to lock your firearm? Because by locking your gun, you can help:
Prevent children from being injured or killed
From 2003 to 2007, 63 Washington children, age 17 or younger, were hospitalized and 7 of those 63 children died from unintentional shootings. In addition, 82 children were hospitalized and 91 children died from intentional shootings, including self-inflicted, homicides and assaults.
Prevent crimes from being committed with your gun
Thousands of handguns are stolen each year in the U.S. Many are used to commit other crimes.
Prevent depressed teens from committing suicide
A study of adolescent suicides found that over half were carried out with guns from the adolescent's home.
Keep children gun-free
In Washington in 2008, almost 16 percent of eighth grade students, almost 21 percent of tenth grade students and 24 percent of seniors reported it was “sort of easy” or “very easy” to get a handgun.
During the 2007–2008 school year, the Washington superintendent of public instruction reported 74 incidents involving a firearm on school premises, transportation systems, or in school facilities.
Storing firearms locked and unloaded, with ammunition locked separately, can reduce the risk of injuries, deaths and suicides involving children and teens.
Substantial variations in state rates of firearms in the home
Nearly 170,000 children and youth lived in households with loaded and unlocked firearms in 2002, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “It is important to identify, implement and evaluate effective methods to prevent firearm-related morbidity and mortality – from counseling youth and adults with depressive symptoms, to evaluating firearm safety technologies, to a variety of safe storage options,” the researchers said.
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