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The Be SMART campaign was created to bring together all responsible adults to reduce suicides and the number of unintentional shootings that occur when children get a hold of an unsecured firearm.

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Gun sales increased 64 percent in 2020 and with kids spending more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic the risks of gun violence have grown―making it even more important that firearms are stored securely. Each year in the United States, nearly 350 children ages 17 and under gain access to a firearm and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else. Every year, nearly 700 children, 17 and under, die by suicide with a gun.

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What is Be SMART?

The Be SMART framework is designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries.


all guns in your home and vehicles


responsible behavior around guns


about the presence
of unsecured guns in other homes


the role
of guns in suicide


peers to

5.4 million
American children
live in homes with guns that are both loaded and unlocked.

Every year, more than 700 children,17 and under, die by suicide with a gun.

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