NORMAN — The new open firearm carry law becomes effective in Oklahoma on Nov. 1. The Norman Police Department suggested a few tips to help prevent gun accidents involving children from occurring in Norman.
General firearm safety tips include:
· Keep all firearms locked in a safe place, away from children and other unauthorized persons.
· Store ammunition under lock and key, separately from firearms.
· Read and understand the owner’s manual that came with your firearm.
· Follow safe gun handling practices. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, keep fingers off the trigger and keep the firearm unloaded when not in use.
“The last thing Norman police officer want to deal with is the death or injury of a child, especially when the incident involves unsafe gun security practices,” stated a Norman Police Department press release.
The press release included some recent news stories from across the nation where a child died or sustained injury probably because a family member or friend failed to practice good gun safety.
· Las Vegas (KNTV): Crime tape blocks the North Las Vegas home where police said a 10-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Evidence suggests that the child may have shot himself with a handgun. It was not clear whether it was intentional.
· Evans, Colo. (CBS4): A shooting that left one child dead started with a fight over a gun. Weld County Sheriff’s Deputies said two brothers were fighting over a gun when the gun went off, shooting the 11-year-old in the chest and killing him.
· Uniontown, Pa.: Police have been investigating the shooting of a 12-year-old boy at his home. It was not immediately clear how the shooting occurred, though witnesses say police are apparently investigating whether the boy was shot accidentally by a sibling.
The Norman Police Department has a limited supply of gunlocks available to the public free of charge. For more information, call 321-1600 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and ask for the Community Services Section.