Learn about safe gun storage options available in your area that help reduce the risk of family fire and take the time to familiarize yourself with the gun laws in your state.
Community Programs: There may be community programs in your area that teach the fundamentals of firearm safety or distribute firearm locks and information about safe gun storage. Contact your local police department to see if there is gun safety counseling or a gun lock distribution program in your area.
Offsite gun storage options:There may be situations where you need to temporarily store your firearms outside of the home.While options and laws vary by state, there are various offsite storage options that may be available in your area, including firearm retailers, shooting ranges, and law enforcement facilities - keeping loved ones safe while preserving gun ownership rights.
- 75% of law enforcement agencies across Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming indicated that they provide temporary gun storage, with a majority willing to provide gun storage when a gun owner is concerned about the mental health of a family member. One survey showed that more than 90% of law enforcement officials recommend not having a gun in the home when someone is in crisis.
- Some shooting ranges will allow you to keep your gun at the range for a fee.Call your local shooting range and ask if this is an option.
- Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition: Gun Storage Map
- University of Washington Firearm Safe Storage Map
- Maryland Safe Storage Map
If you no longer want a gun in the home, contact local law enforcement to learn how to legally and safely dispose of your unwanted weapon.
Each state has different laws regulating firearms. Learn about the gun laws in your state to ensure you are in compliance
Some states have child access prevention laws that require gun owners to keep firearms safely secured and inaccessible to children.
Familiarize yourself with the options available to help someone who may be in crisis.
Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) laws enable law enforcement officials and family members (and in some states doctors and school administrators) to petition a court for the removal of firearms from individuals at risk of harming themselves or others. If the civil court order is granted by a judge, law enforcement temporarily removes any firearm from the home, and additional firearm purchases are prevented for the duration of the order.
1. Runyan, Carol W., Ashley Brooks-Russell, Sara Brandspigel, Marian Betz, Gregory Tung, Douglas Novins, and Robert Agans. “Law Enforcement and Gun Retailers as Partners for Safely Storing Guns to Prevent Suicide: A Study in 8 Mountain West States.” American Journal of Public Health 107, no. 11 (2017): 1789–94.