GUN SAFETY IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERY ADULT,
WHETHER OR NOT YOU OWN A FIREARM!
Children should know that guns are not toys, that guns are dangerous and can hurt people. If they see a gun (even if they think the gun looks like a toy), they should follow these three steps to safety.
- They should not touch or handle the gun.
- They should get away from the gun quickly - leave the area.
- They should immediately tell a trusted adult about the gun.
Children also need to know that it is illegal in Michigan to bring weapons to school, onto school property, or into vehicles used by a school to transport students to and from school property (Michigan's "Weapon Free School Zone” MCL 750-237A). Michigan law requires schools to expel students who bring weapons onto school grounds or to school events (MCL 380.1311).
As an adult, you are responsible for properly securing your firearm. If another person is injured as a result of your negligence in properly securing a gun, you can be charged with a crime or be held civilly liable. If convicted, you could be fined or sentenced to time in prison.
Michigan law now requires a federally licensed firearms dealer to include in the sale of a firearm, a commercially available trigger lock or other device to disable the firearm and prevent it from discharging. (MCL 28.435)
You are responsible not only for your own safety, but the safety of others.
If you own a firearm and obtain a concealed weapons permit, you are required by Michigan law to know that there are "Pistol Free" zones in Michigan. It is illegal to carry a pistol on school property, into public or private day care centers, sports arenas, churches, hospitals, casinos, a dormitory or classroom of a college or university, an entertainment facility that seats 2,500 people or more, and a dining room, lounge or bar area of a premises licensed under the Liquor Control Commission. (MCL 28.425.01)
For more information on gun safety contact the Michigan State Police, local Sheriff's Office or your local municipal law enforcement agency.