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If your handguns are stored in an accessible location such as a closet, use a locking device to prevent the gun from being fired accidentally. This is especially important if children are around.

Trigger locks are designed to fit around the trigger guard of a handgun.

Trigger lock on a handgun

Sometimes a padlock may be used as a substitute for a trigger lock. Slip the shackle through the trigger guard behind the trigger. This may prevent the trigger on some handguns from being squeezed far enough to fire the gun accidentally.

A cable lock prevents the action from closing on a live cartridge. To use a cable lock:

  • Open the action on your handgun.
  • Run the cable through the openings.
  • Lock the cable.
Cable lock on a handgun

You may be able to get a free safety kit, including a cable lock, from Project ChildSafe. For more information and to see if the program is available in your area, visit the website at

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