Firearm Safety


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Seattle Children's is committed to preventing injuries and death among youth. We hope that by raising awareness about the importance of safe firearm storage in the home, providing mental health education and by giving parents the tools to safely store their firearms, we can help prevent firearm-related incidents and violence among children and teens.

Washington State Firearm Tragedy Prevention Network

The Washington State Firearm Tragedy Prevention Network and Seattle Children’s work together to provide you with information, resources and the opportunity to connect with others around the state of Washington on firearm tragedy prevention efforts. Network meetings take place twice a year and are open to anyone interested in helping prevent firearm tragedies.

Learn more about the network and how you can get involved.

Free Firearm Storage Giveaway Events

Seattle Children’s is committed to preventing firearm tragedies and to the safety of kids, families and communities. Safe storage of firearms can greatly reduce injury and firearm related death.

Join us at an upcoming firearm storage giveaway event. Learn about the importance of safe firearm storage and get a free lock box or trigger lock, with hands-on training on proper use.

  • Due to the uncertain and ever-changing nature of COVID-19, some giveaway events have been postponed. The events on this page are up-to-date, and we will continue making edits as we learn more.

    Postponed until further notice: Kennewick, WA

    Postponed until further notice: Port Townsend, WA

    Sunday, Sept. 13, 12 to 3 p.m., Community Medical Center, 2827 Fort Missoula Rd, Missoula, MT

    Supplies are limited. First come, first served. One free lock box or trigger lock per person (maximum two items per household). Must be present to receive free item. Recipient must be 18 or older. No ID required.

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  • In partnership with Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, the Seattle Children's Safe Firearm Storage Giveaway Event intervention was evaluated, and it was found that safe firearm storage practices improved among event participants. Read the full published article in Injury PreventionEvaluation of a community-based safe firearm and ammunition storage intervention.

  • Firearm-related tragedies are not just happening in Washington State. If your organization is interested in learning more about the work Seattle Children's is doing around firearm tragedy prevention to help inform work in the communities you serve, please email us.

    Learn more about our safe gun storage giveaway events (PDF).

    Download the Safe Firearm Storage Giveaway Event Planning Toolkit (PDF) for a step-by-step guide on how your organization can put on a community safe firearm storage education, awareness and giveaway event.

  • Firearms in the Home

    Teens, Depression and Firearms

    Firearm Safety Checklist for Home

    • Store firearms unloaded and locked.
    • Store and lock ammunition separately from firearms.
    • Use a firearm safe, lock box or trigger or chamber lock to store firearms.
    • Avoid locking devices that use keys if possible. If your locking device has a key, keep it with you or in a safe place that children and others cannot access.
    • Remove firearms from your home if a family member is depressed, suicidal or is abusing drugs or alcohol.

    See the complete Safety Checklist for Home.

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