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With all the things we can’t control, here’s one thing we can: keeping our guns stored locked, unloaded, and separate from ammunition

What is family fire?

Family fire is a shooting involving an improperly stored or misused gun in the home that results in death or injury. Unintentional shootings, suicide, and intentional shootings are all forms of family fire.

Family fire is preventable.

How do you prevent family fire?

Start with safe storage and keep your guns locked, unloaded, separate from ammunition. As your household changes over time, rethink how your gun storage might need to change along with your family circumstances.

You can help end family fire. Here's how:

Four simple actions - Act, Ask, Talk, and Learn - can prevent avoidable tragedies.


Safe storage must be a top priority for all gun owners. ACT responsibly and research the various gun storage options available to determine which is best for your family.

  • Trigger locks: External locks attached directly to the firearm.

  • Cable locks: Threaded through the chamber of the firearm, keeping the chamber open and empty.

  • Lock boxes, carrying cases, and safes can help protect firearms from damage.

  • Some gun safes offer biometric technology, which only recognizes and opens with your unique fingerprint. Biometric technology also allows for quick access.

Safe gun storage saves lives. Store your guns locked, unloaded and separately from ammunition in order to prevent family fire.


ASK family, friends, and members of your community about unlocked or loaded guns in their homes.

  • ASK, “Is there an unlocked gun in your house?” before sending your child to a playdate, caretaker or relative’s home.

  • As parents and guardians, we already ask all sorts of questions before we allow our children to visit other homes. We ask about pets in the house, discuss allergies and internet access, and ask questions about supervision. End Family Fire encourages parents and guardians to add one more question to this conversation.

As families grow and circumstances change, here are other questions to ASK and prevent family fire:

  • Parents dropping off their kids for a playdate: “My kid is pretty curious, and our doctor recommended that I ask — is there an unlocked gun where my child will play?”

  • Teens taking their first babysitting job: “Is there an unlocked and/or loaded gun in your home?”

  • Young adults moving into a group home: “Does anyone own a gun? If so, how is it stored?”

  • When considering the care of an elderly family member, especially those who may suffer from a form of dementia: “Do we need to rethink how we safely store any guns?”


TALK with family, friends, and community about responsible gun ownership and teach them safe storage practices.

  • Make sure that gun safety and safe storage is discussed and a part of your family’s safety conversation. It’s important to consider how these conversations will change as your family evolves and grows.

  • Gun owners can play a key role in ending family fire by educating friends, family, and members of their community about responsible gun ownership and safe storage practices.

Together, we can end family fire. Talk to your family, friends and community about responsible gun ownership and safe gun storage.


LEARN about specific safe storage options available in your area and take the time to familiarize yourself with the safe gun storage laws in your state.

  • Local police departments are a great first resource to learn about community programs and resources, as well as offsite storage options.

  • 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 firearm.

  • Familiarize yourself with the available mechanisms to help someone who may be in a temporary crisis, like Extreme Risk Protection Orders.

To End Family Fire, it is important to stay educated about the safe storage options available to you in your community.

It's on us

Ending family fire is a community responsibility. The more we promote and practice safe gun storage, the safer we all will be.