Gun Security in the Home

It sounds bizarre that a 2-year-old would put an 18-year-old in the hospital after shooting her in the head, officials are hoping the incident will remind residents to keep guns in a safe and secure place.

Florida law spells out the responsibilities of the gun owner.

"The statute talks about is the location, where a reasonable person would believe the item to be secure from access to a minor," said Major Tommy Ford with the Bay County Sheriff's Office. "That could be if you have a small child in concealed in top of a closet if you have a 14 or 15 year old that may not be reasonable to assume that same location would be secure."

If a closet isn't secure enough, there are other methods.

"There's little handgun safes that are fairly affordable that lock and open very quickly so something like that if you wanted to keep one available by the bed or something like that," said Fred Cross, manager at Bay Guns and Gear in Panama City. "That'd be the best way to do it."

The locks are now using advanced technology, like fingerprint recognition making them easier to use. While some safes rely on technology, others rely simply on deception. Some safes are designed to look like books, but inside they can carry firearms or other items.

Prices on safes range anywhere from $25 to hundreds, but ultimately they all serve the same purpose, keeping firearms and other precious items safe.

Trigger locks are also a good way to keep guns out of the hands of children. To pick one up, drop by the Bay County Sheriff's Office and pick one up for free.


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