For decades, guns have been a popular item on many Christmas lists.
Even little Ralphie Parker from the holiday classic ‘A Christmas Story’ wished for a “Red Ryder Air Rifle.”
But it’s important to remember, whether toy or real, guns aren’t something to be taken lightly.
“Every gun that you have, I don’t care if it’s a cap gun, is a loaded weapon. You should never ever point a loaded weapon at someone. We emphasize safety no matter what you do,” said Michael Perry, general manager of Come Shoot Indoors.
If you are giving or receiving a gun for Christmas, here’s a few, important things to remember.
Officials recommend making sure you buy an appropriate model for the person.
They said bigger and more caliber doesn’t always mean better.
You should also consider making the gun the last gift opened.
But most importantly, there should be no ammo with the gift.
“No ammo. No ammo whatsoever. For some odd reason, if the child would take the gun, walk over and load it up, you could have a massacre in the house. We don’t want that. Give them the weapon without ammunition. Buy that later,” Perry said.
Perry added that while the first priority for gun gift givers or receivers is safety, it’s important for families to understand the responsibility too.
“Keep your kids safe. That’s your responsibility as a parent. You also need to make sure you teach your kids about guns,” Perry said.
If you have a gun in the house, officials recommend putting a child safety lock.
That way everyone can have a safe and happy holiday.
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