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HPD Encourages Gun Safety

As summer hits full stride and children have a lot of free time, the Houston Police Department is asking adults to secure their firearms and help reduce accidental gun deaths. Children often spend more time playing at friend’s houses during the summer and EMS Physician Director Dr. David Persse says parents need to do more […]

As summer hits full stride and children have a lot of free time, the Houston Police Department is asking adults to secure their firearms and help reduce accidental gun deaths.

Children often spend more time playing at friend’s houses during the summer and EMS Physician Director Dr. David Persse says parents need to do more than talk to their kids about firearm safety. He says children are naturally curious and if a gun is accessible there is a good chance a child will find it and play with it.

It’s estimated that more than 40 percent of households where children reside have a gun, and about half of them are unlocked or loaded. Houston Police Sergeant David Craig says if there are unsecured guns in the home, parents may want to prohibit their children from visiting that house.

Two weeks ago a Houston toddler died after being accidentally shot by his older brother. The Houston Police Department offers free gunlocks to the public. They are available by visiting any neighborhood station or storefront.

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