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Child Safety: Guns and Firearms

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Small children, even some 1-year-olds, are able to pull the trigger on a gun. Also, older children or adults can mishandle guns or firearms and injure others. The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) encourages parents to avoid keeping guns and firearms.1 If this is not possible, guns and firearms should be kept away from children and stored:2

  • Unloaded.
  • Locked in a secure location, with the keys hidden.
  • With the safety device on.
  • Separate from ammunition.



  1. Adolescent Health Committee, Canadian Paediatric Society (2006). Firearm safety: Information for families. Available online:
  2. American Academy of Pediatrics (2010). Gun safety: Keeping children safe. The Injury Prevention Program (TIPP). Available online:


By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
Last Revised February 3, 2011

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