Firearms are the 1st-leading cause of death among children and teens in Virginia.1 4.6 million children live in a home with at least one unlocked and loaded firearm.
For those individuals who operate a child care program out of their home, safe gun storage is essential so that children cannot have access to weapons that could be used to unintentionally cause serious injury or death.
In 44 states, firearms in home-based child care programs are either prohibited or access is controlled (e.g. safe storage requirements apply).
Nearly 40% of all unintentional shooting deaths among children 11-14 years of age occur in the home of a friend.
Nearly 1,300 children younger than 18 years of age die from shootings every year.
Children as young as 3 years old may be strong enough to pull the trigger of a handgun.Three out of four children living in a house with a gun know where the gun is, even when their parents think they don’t know.
Child Care Aware of Virginia encourages all parents and caregivers to make firearm safety a top priority. All firearms in your home should be locked and unloaded, with ammunition locked separately and stored out of children’s reach.