This article is from the Firearms Safety & Children FAQ, by Patrick Casey (email@example.com) and John Gunshenan (firstname.lastname@example.org) with numerous contributions by others.
We are not experts in child firearms safety. We are simply two readers of
the rec.guns newsgroup who felt a FAQ should be developed on this subject.
One of the rec.guns readers suggested that we cross-post this FAQ to the
misc.kids newsgroup, as our FAQ is addressed to parents who do not own
firearms as much as to those who do.
Patrick is the father of two children (ages ten & twelve), and is also an
NRA Certified Instructor. John has a five-year-old, and is also an NRA
Certified Instructor and a "We are AWARE" instructor (AWARE = Arming Women
Against Rape and Endangerment). What we offer below are simply our
opinions. However, if you have children or own firearms, we suggest that
you think about the issues that follow.
While Patrick and John are the compilers of this FAQ, they are not its
authors. Credit in that department goes to the various authors listed at
the end, and to the many rec.guns readers who helped develop it. This is a
much better document for all the time, energy, and keystrokes donated by
the rec.guns readership.