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Girls With Guns: When and How Should You Introduce Your Daughter to Guns?

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Apr 2015 08:52 AM

Whether or not you have guns in your home, at some point, it will be necessary to have a discussion about them. Even if you don't personally own guns yourself, chances are, your child will have friends whose parents will have guns in the home. For this reason, girls with guns should begin with firearm safety.

Project Childsafe was developed by the National Sport Shooting Foundation. Project Childsafe encourages early and ongoing discussions with your children about firearm safety. They also partner with gun clubs and shooting ranges throughout the country. The spokesperson is champion shooter, Julie Golob, herself a mother to two young daughters.

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If your daughter is still very young, The National Rifle Association's Eddie Eagle program offers a parent-taught program that is appropriate for children in preschool through third grade.

This program emphasizes what your child should do if they find a gun in four simple rules: 1.Stop 2.Don't touch 3.Leave the area 4.Tell an adult.

If your daughter is older and aware that mom and/or dad carries a gun, safety has hopefully already been a part of an ongoing discussion. This should be emphasized whenever the subject comes up.

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If your daughter expresses an interest in learning further, suggest a basic handgun or rifle class. Many ranges offer female only classes and this is a great way to learn in a comfortable, safe environment with other young women.

Check with your local gun range on when they host their Take Your Daughter to the Range day. This is an annual event held at various ranges throughout the country, typically during the summer.

Lastly, consider having a mother-daughter day at the range. This way, you can directly supervise her safety and learning and enjoy a common interest at the same time.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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