Gun Safety

Lt. Michael Rallings, gun safety commander for Memphis police, says locking your firearms will help prevent accidents. He suggests using an individual lock for each unloaded weapon and then securing them in lock boxes or gun safes. Lt. Rallings says ammunition should be locked and stored in a separate location from any firearm. "The worst thing they can do is leave a gun laying around the house, under a pillow or underneath a pillow or underneath a bed where a child can get to it."

Rallings says if parents treat firearms with great respect, children will follow that example. He endorses the NRA's Eddie Eagle program which instructs children in the event they come in contact with a gun to stop, don't touch, leave the area, and tell an adult.