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.
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.
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 www.projectchildsafe.org.