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Child gun safety tips with NCSO

Following the new year and a Christmas in Wyoming, many received rifles and hand guns as Christmas presents. This is the time of year where it is crucial and important to talk with your kids about gun safety. According to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and federal statistics, millions of households in the US have guns. Approximately 40% of US households have firearms, and that number continues to grow. It is your responsibility to ensure that your children understand firearm safety and are aware of the firearms in the household. We sat down with Natrona County Sheriff Sgt. Aaron Shatto who detailed a few basic gun safety rules for parents to share with their children. "Talk to your children openly about gun safety. Answer their questions, and eliminate the mysteries or myths that they may have surrounding guns," said Sgt Shatto. "The basic tips we share with adults to teach their children include: 1. Stop 2. Don't touch the firearm. 3. Leave the area. 4. Tell an adult. "It is important for your children to be exposed to guns and explain to them the difference between entertainment ( video games and movie), and reality. This way they do not make a mistake with thinking real gun is a a toy gun." Sgt. Shatto continued to emphasis the importance of gun storage. He recommends that parents store guns and ammunition in a safe location like a gun safe or keep a gun in a gun lock, and to keep them out of the reach of children. "It is parent's decision as to when a child is able and ready to handle firearms." Parents are encouraged to visit the NRA website for more information and Sgt. Shatto added that parents can bring their children to the Sheriff's Office to learn more and to pick up some "Eddie the Eagle" Gun Safety coloring books. Feel free to contact the Natrona County Sheriff's Office for more information at (307) 235-9282. #oilcity #news #headsup