A new study found that gun owners who search online for firearms storage tips might not be getting the best advice.
Only 2.3 percent of websites with information on
firearms storage contained all the practices "shown to protect children
and adolescents living in homes with gun," according to the study, led
by Katherine Freundlich of the University of Michigan Medical School.
The researchers examined 87 webpages found by
googling the 10 most common search terms related to gun storage. Most of
the websites were not easy to use or read, the study found. The sites
also listed on average less than one of the four safety tips recommended
by the American Academy of Pediatrics:
1. Keep guns unloaded.
2. Lock guns away.
3. Store ammunition separately from guns.
4. Lock ammunition.
Overall, only two of the websites listed all four of the safety measures.
"People who are considering turning to the
Internet for guidance on home gun storage should be aware that the
information they find is unlikely to give them all the advice they
need," Freundlich said in a statement.