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McGruff’s Tips for Kids—Finding a Gun

It is important to start a dialogue with your children about what to do if they find a gun. The following is suggested language for talking to your kids about firearms: 

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:

                        o    Walk away and tell a parent if your friend shows you his parent's gun.

                        o    Tell an adult immediately if you see a gun in someone's backpack at school.

                        o    Tell a trusted adult if you hear a girl or boy say that she or he is going to bring a gun to school.

                        o    Follow the four steps if you find a gun in the park by your house.

                        o   If you're not sure why a gun is dangerous, talk to a parent about it.

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