Fairport, N.Y.— The guns used in last week’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut belonged to the shooter’s mother. This has brought attention to the discussion of securing guns properly.
Casey Daggett has known about the importance of locking guns in safes since she was 16-years-old. The Fairport mother and gun owner said her family has a range on its farm in Genesee County and keeps their guns there, away from children, like her newborn daughter.
“We don’t tell anybody where the key is except family members,” said Daggett.
Firearm instructors say their students often complain that gun safes are too expensive or that there are other options such as key locks and cable locks.
“The locking into a safe, a large heavy duty safe is by-in-large the best bet,” said John Wensich, Senior National Rife Association Training Counselor.
Wensich also suggests separating storage of firearms and ammunition and locking guns in safes when relatives visit.
“These are very serious items, they need to be treated as such at all times,” said Wensich.