Guns can be dangerous. Love them or hate them, there’s no debating that simple fact – especially when they’re in the hands of an inexperienced user. Stories of injury and death from accidental or intentional use of firearms fill the news each day. When one person causes injury or death to another with a gun out of negligence or wrongful intent, he or she may be legally liable. If a child injures someone else with a firearm, his or her parents may be held accountable.
A child or teen in killed once every 7 ½ hours with a gun, either by accident or by suicide. In 72% of these cases, the firearm used was housed in the victim’s own residence. Many of these weapons were locked away in a secure place, yet 48% of those who own guns do not equip them with child safety and trigger locks. 30% of gun owners keep their weapons in an unlocked, loaded state. Whether or not you have guns in your home, it is extremely important to teach your children what to do if they come across a firearm.
Teach your kids these basic safety tips:
- Stop what you’re doing.
- Do not touch the gun.
- Leave the area.
- Let an adult know right away.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a firearm due to the negligence of another individual, please contact us today for your free case appraisal.