Alachua County Sheriff's Office offers child safety advice for gun-owners

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) — With several high profile instances of children being hurt by improperly stored guns across the state recently, we reached out to some experts on the subject for advice for gun-owners.

Deputies with Alachua County Sheriff's Office say the keys to safely keeping a gun in the house include storing the weapon in a lock box or safe.

But most importantly, they say parents should educate their children on what to do if they find a firearm.

"We recommend that if a child finds a gun to notify an adult and let the adult either handle it or the child could call their local law enforcement agency. If an adult finds a firearm and they're not comfortable with the position that it's in or the condition that it's in, they can call local law enforcement and they'll come by and render the weapon safe," said Lt. Paul Hinson, chief firearms trainer with ASO.

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office also reminds anyone handling a firearm to always treat the weapon as though it's loaded, and to never point a gun at anything or place your finger on the trigger unless you intend to fire.

According to PolitiFact.com, there are nearly 400 million guns in the United States.