If you’re like me, you’re likely finding yourself enjoying more meals around the table with your family in recent weeks. COVID-19 has changed things for many of us with family members spending more time at home and with each other.

| Sheriff Jay Koon |

With all children at home in the weeks to come, and perhaps a bit bored and exploring more than usual, I want to remind you about an important conversation I strongly recommend that you have with any young ones in your home. Sharing the steps they should take when they come across a gun could save lives.

Guns are very serious. An accident involving a gun can hurt or even kill you or someone you know. Most adults are allowed to own a gun by law, and many have one. This means that even if there isn’t a gun in your house, you need to know what to do if you see a gun.

  • If you see a gun, follow these four steps: 1. Stop. 2. Don’t touch. 3. Get away. 4. Tell an adult.
  • When you follow these steps, you’re protecting yourself and helping to keep other people safe.

Here are some tips about what to do in specific circumstances:

  • Walk away and tell a parent if your friend shows you his parent’s gun.
  • Tell an adult immediately if you see a gun in someone’s backpack at school.
  • Tell a trusted adult if you hear a girl or boy say that she or he is going to bring a gun to school.
  • Follow the four steps if you find a gun in the park by your house.
  • If you’re not sure why a gun is dangerous, talk to a parent about it.