Partnership for the Safety of Children Around Firearms

The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics has teamed up with firearm owners, pediatricians and others to create the Partnership for Safety of Children Around Firearms, and a pilot program called Store It Safe, to encourage safe storage of firearms and to encourage families to educate their children about safety issues related to firearms.

The Partnership has been founded on the belief that gun ownership is a personal choice. We will not engage in debating firearm owner rights. The Partnership includes the Buckeye Firearms Association, Black Wing Shooting Center, Kiwanis Club of Columbus, and many other interested parties.

  • The goals of the Partnership are to:
    • Prevent firearm-related, unintentional deaths and suicides among children and teens
    • Change our approach in talking about firearm safety
    • Store it Safe and teach children safety around firearms

The public launch of the campaign held Monday, March 6 was covered by many local and national media sources. You can read the Columbus Dispatch article here or access the Partnership for Safety Press Release. Read the Columbus Dispatch July 20, 2017 editorial on this topic here. Media inquiries can be directed to Hayley Southworth at hsouthworth@ohioaap.org.

Why does Ohio need the Partnership for the Safety of Children Around Firearms?

  • Nationally, 1 out of 3 homes with kids has a gun
  • Nearly 1.7 million kids live in a home with a loaded and unlocked gun
  • ¼ of 3 and 4 year olds can pull a 10-pound trigger, and approximately 60% of handguns require trigger-pull strength of less than 5 pounds
  • Accidental shootings by toddlers (3 years or younger) occurred on a weekly basis in 2015 and even more frequently in 2016
  • Half of all unintentional shooting deaths among children occur at home, and almost half occur in the home of a friend or relative
  • The number of children shot and killed by guns has an upward trend in the past 6 years, according to the Franklin County’s Child Fatality Review

Quick Tips for Keeping Children Safe in the Home

Since children over age two are more mobile, it’s important to set up your home to keep children safe. Here are a few ideas to consider:

  1. Guns should always be stored out of sight and locked when not in immediate possession of the gun owner.
  2. Keep medicines and household cleaners out of a child’s reach.
  3. Fence in your pool or hot tub on all 4 sides.
  4. Check for hazards in homes your child may visit.

For more information on the Partnership for the Safety of Children Around Firearms, please contact Hayley Southworth at hsouthworth@ohioaap.org or (614) 846-6258.

Members of the Partnership for Safety of Children Around Firearms include: