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Firearm Safety

Each year in the United States, hundreds of children are accidentally injured and/or killed by firearms that are not properly secured. By choosing to keep a firearm in your home, you are legally responsible for ensuring that the weapon is stored in a safe manner, and not easily accessible to children or other unauthorized persons.  In the state of Michigan, an average of 95 children and teens die by guns every year, and 51% of these deaths are homicides. The resource links below can assist in assuring firearm safety for families in the state of Michigan.

New Gun Secure Storage Law

To help protect Michigan families – particularly children – from the tragedies of gun violence and unintentional firearms injuries, a law requiring secure storage of firearms goes into effect Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Secure Storage Law


Project ChildSafe

Information on how to obtain a FREE gun safety kit and where to obtain a FREE gun trigger lock in 230 cities in Michigan.

Find an agency in your city here.

Gun Safety and Children - C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital | University of Michigan Health

  • Resources for:
    • Gun Storage
    • Guns at homes of others
    • Teaching children about what to do in the presence of a gun
    • Adolescents, teens, and guns
    • Non-powder guns, BB guns, and toy guns

Parents' Guide to Home Firearm Safety (

  • Information regarding firearms safety among children and teens. Great resource for families.

Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention | University of Michigan (

  • The Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention collaborates with communities and harnesses the research through the University of Michigan, the nation’s largest public research university, to address root causes of firearm violence. The website provides information regarding Safe Firearm Storage for Families and much more.

  • The Michigan Fatality Review and Prevention, provides information regarding Prevention Resources, and Firearm Storage resources.

Holding onto Life Toolkit (

  • The holding onto life toolkit is discusses firearms and focuses on suicide prevention

Michigan - American Firearms Training (

  • This course reviews the fundamentals of safety and gun handling, including transportation, storage, and firing in defensive situations. The course includes easy-to-understand safety instructions and is filmed in a professional production, with a state-certified instructor. The course takes 90 minutes to complete and is free of charge.

Online Learning | Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention (

  • The University of Michigan has provided two FREE online courses; the Science of Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens and Injury Prevention for Children and Teens. These courses include lectures, interviews, and demonstrations given from a multidisciplinary panel of nationally recognized injury prevention experts.
  • The website also includes; Preventing Gun Violence in America Teach-Out Seminar, Approaches to Firearm Safety Counseling for Pediatric Clinicians, and What Clinicians Should Know about Safe Storage.