What Does it Mean to Be SMART?
Secure all firearms in your home and vehicles.
Model responsible behavior around firearms
Ask about the presence of unsecured firearms in other homes
Recognize the role of firearms in suicide
Tell your peers to be
Secure firearm storage is an important part of keeping your family safe.
Firearms are now the leading cause of death among children in the United States. That’s why it’s more important than ever for parents and caregivers to know how secure firearm storage works. It’s simple. To help keep your family safe and prevent tragedies, it’s crucial to secure your firearm.
What is Be SMART?
The Be SMART campaign was launched in 2015 to promote responsible gun ownership in order to reduce child gun deaths. Whether you’re a gun owner, or you know someone who owns a gun, there is a role for everyone in the conversation around secure gun storage. Be SMART is a framework that parents, caretakers, and community leaders can follow to help keep their communities safe. Ultimately, you can help prevent kids from accessing firearms by storing them securely, and encouraging others to do the same. Because children deserve to feel safe, no matter where they are.
Here’s how to Be SMART:
Secure all guns in your home and vehicles
Model responsible behavior around guns
Ask about unsecured guns in other homes
Recognize the role of guns in suicide
Tell your peers to Be SMART
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Interactive Q & A
Get answers about secure storage and gun safety
A: 4.6 million children currently live in a home with at least one gun is stored loaded and unlocked.
A: The best type of secure gun storage is the type that you’ll use consistently, that will keep your guns inaccessible to kids & unauthorized users. Explore secure gun storage.
A: Thousands of Be SMART volunteers are available to share presentations and resources to local communities. Contact us or text 64433 to get in touch.
A: At least 8.6 million students across the US attend schools that require distribution about secure gun storage to all households. Learn more about Be SMART in schools.
A: Yes, they are. Children as young as toddlers can—and have—pulled the trigger on a gun, too often resulting in death or serious injury. Learn more here.