Safe firearms is a significant element in the firearms as a public health issue. On this page you can find information about Safe Firearms Storage and Smart Guns, general information about Firearms Safety, and CFCU actions for gun safety.

CFCU Firearms Safety Program

CFCU gun safety program information and links go here

Firearms Safety

Gun Safety and Public Health: Policy Recommendations for a More Secure America (pdf file)

This report, published in August 2013 by the National Physicians Alliance and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, addresses several issues associated with firearms safety and public health and makes several recommendations about possible interventions (20 pages).

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: Gun Safety Rules (pdf file)

This 2-page safety brochure, adapted from the New Hampshire Firearm Safety Coalition by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, suggests 11 safety rules for the handling and storage of firearms.

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence: Child Access Prevention

This website provides some background about child access prevention (CAP) laws that impose criminal liability on adults who give children unsupervised access to firearms, and summarizes federal and state laws.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: Gun Safety and Suicide

“This page contains materials for firearms dealers, ranges and safety instructors working to prevent suicide by firearm in Colorado.”

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

“The policy experts at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Americans for Responsible Solutions frequently partner with lawmakers and advocates in states across the country to craft legislation that keeps guns out of the wrong hands, closes gaps in current law, and saves lives. Our series of Commonsense Solutions toolkits gives state legislators the blueprint they need to write the laws that will protect our families and communities from the scourge of gun violence.” This website has several factsheets and publications about why gun laws matter and what advocates can do to enact the safe gun laws.


Video: Learn Gun Safety with Eddie Eagle and the Wing Team (8:21 min)

“In spring 2015, the NRA introduced a brand new Eddie Eagle video. Started in 1988, the Eddie Eagle GunSafe program has reached more than 28 million children with an important safety message. Eddie has a modernized look and some new friends—the Wing Team. Together, they learn what to do if they ever find a gun: STOP! Don’t touch. Run away. Tell a grown-up. Visit to explore the kid-friendly web experience.” (NRA, published on Apr 10, 2015)

Video: It’s Your Call: Playing It Safe Around Guns (grades 6-9; 12:43 min)

“It’s Your Call: Playing It Safe Around Guns” is not a firearms safety video. Instead, it is a communications effort designed to prevent firearms misuse by helping students “rehearse” their reaction if placed in a difficult situation regarding firearms. It is a 12-minute video which presents two scenarios – both showing youngsters confronted with sudden and serious decisions on how to respond when friends suggest irresponsible or unsafe behavior around firearms.” (National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF))

Commonsense Solutions: State Gun Laws to Protect Kids from Unintended Shootings (pdf file)

This 2014 report, published by the Americans for Responsible Solutions and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, discusses the importance of commonsense requirements for gun handling and storage. “This report provides a series of proposals that state legislators should enact in their states to help protect children from improperly stored firearms.” (25 pages)

TIME: How to Talk to Your Kids about Gun Safety

On April 12, 2016, TIME published this article about the importance of talking with your kids about gun safety. The article addresses different age groups.

For Parents—Gun Safety

This article is from KidsHealth, which “is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.”

For Kids—Gun Safety

This article is from KidsHealth, which “is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.”

Have a Conversation with Kids about Firearm Safety

This article is from Project ChildSafe, which “was developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry. Project ChildSafe is supported through greatly appreciated contributions from diverse public sources to the Project ChildSafe Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.”

Asking Saves Kids

“For more than a decade, the ASK Campaign and its supporters have partnered with over 400 grassroots organizations to spread its message in neighborhoods nationwide. The ASK Campaign is a collaboration between the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the American Academy of Pediatrics who has promoted the ASK message to its 62,000 members across the country. The ASK Campaign has successfully inspired 19 million households to ask if there are guns where their children play.”

New York Times: Talking to Other Parents About Guns

On January 2, 2013, The New York Times published this article about talking with other parents about firearms in the home. (by Holly Korbey)

NRA Family: 3 Ways To Talk To Parents Who Fear Guns

On January 12, 2016, NRA Family published this article from the perspective of gun owners. (by Brad Fitzpatrick)

NRA Explore: Talking to Your Child About Gun Safety

The NRA Explore “Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program is a gun accident prevention program developed by a task force made up of educators, school administrators, curriculum specialists, urban housing safety officials, clinical psychologists, law enforcement officials and National Rifle Association firearm safety experts. It began in 1988 with one mission: teach children four simple, easy to remember steps so they know what to do if they ever come across a gun.”

Safe Firearms Storage and Smart Guns


NCPC: Lock it Up

This website, by the National Crime Prevention Council, “is funded in whole or in part through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.” It provides information about firearm storage options and talking to children and parents.

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence: Safe Storage & Gun Locks

This website summarizes research findings on the storage of firearms and unintentional deaths and injuries, and summarizes federal and state laws.

NRA Family: 6 Ways To Safely Store Your Firearms

This article from NRA Family, dated April 14, 2016, describes different safe gun-storage options, including trigger locks, gun cases, strong boxes and security cases, locking steel gun cabinets, and gun safes. (by B. Gil Horman)

YouTube: How to Use a Gun Safety Lock | Gun Guide (2:01 min)

This video discusses cable locks and trigger locks. (Howcast, published on Jan 22, 2014)

NRA Family: The Ins and Outs of Handgun Safes

This article from NRA Family, dated December 26, 2013, provides useful information about different types of handgun safes. (by Richard Mann)

NSSF: Firearms Responsibility in the Home (pdf file)

This 9-page brochure, published by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, discusses safe storage of firearms and storage options.

NSSF: Project ChildSafe—Putting a Lock on Safety in Your Home (pdf file)

This 11-page brochure, published by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, discusses proper installation of cable-style gun locks, safe handling of firearms and safe storage options.

Journal Article: Effectiveness of Interventions to Promote Safe Firearm Storage

by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Joseph A. Simonetti, and Frederick P. Rivara

Epidemiol Rev (2016) 38 (1): 111-124. DOI:, published: 13 January 2016.

Abstract: Despite supportive evidence for an association between safe firearm storage and lower risk of firearm injury, the effectiveness of interventions that promote such practices remains unclear. Guided by the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) checklist, we conducted a systematic review of randomized and quasi-experimental controlled studies of safe firearm storage interventions using a prespecified search of 9 electronic databases with no restrictions on language, year, or location from inception through May 27, 2015. Study selection and data extraction were independently performed by 2 investigators. The Cochrane Collaboration’s domain-specific tool for assessing risk of bias was used to evaluate the quality of included studies. Seven clinic- and community-based studies published in 2000-2012 using counseling with or without safety device provision met the inclusion criteria. All 3 studies that provided a safety device significantly improved firearm storage practices, while 3 of 4 studies that provided no safety device failed to show an effect. Heterogeneity of studies precluded conducting a meta-analysis. We discuss methodological considerations, gaps in the literature, and recommendations for conducting future studies. Although additional studies are needed, the totality of evidence suggests that counseling augmented by device provision can effectively encourage individuals to store their firearms safely.”


LA Times: Op-Ed—Will smart guns make us less safe?

On January 17, 2016 the LA Times ran this Op-Ed about problems with smart guns technology. The article states that, “The primary objection that American gun buyers have to smart guns is that any integrated electronic locking mechanism will necessarily decrease a gun’s reliability by introducing more points of failure.” (by Jon Stokes)

CBS News: Is the U.S. ready for smart guns?

60 Minutes ran this story about smart guns, which first aired on November 1, 2015, and was rebroadcast on June 19, 2016. (Lesley Stahl, correspondent; Shachar Bar-On, producer)

PBS Newshour: Can ‘smart gun’ technology make firearms safer?

On May 1, 2016, PBS Newshour ran this story about smart gun technology written by the Associated Press.

Washington Post: White House wants to make it easier for law enforcement to use ‘smart guns’

On April 29, 2016, The Washington Post published this article about the Obama administration’s set of recommendations regarding smart guns. (by Juliet Eilperin and Michael S. Rosenwald)

National Institute of Justice: A Review of Gun Safety Technologies (pdf file)

This June 2013 report, published by the U.S. Department of Justice, “examines existing and emerging gun safety technologies and their availability and use to provide a comprehensive perspective on firearms with integrated advanced safety technologies. These firearms are known by various terms such as smart guns, user-authorized handguns, childproof guns, and personalized firearms. A “personalized firearm” can be understood to utilize integrated components that exclusively permit an authorized user or set of users to operate or fire the gun and automatically deactivate it under a set of specific circumstances, reducing the chances of accidental or purposeful use by an unauthorized user.” (96 pages; by Mark Greene, Ph.D.)

Smart Tech Challenges Foundation

“Based in San Francisco, the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation was formed in 2013 with a mission to foster innovation in firearm safety. Through the incentive challenge model, the Foundation aims to unleash the entrepreneurial energy of America to propel safety forward. The Smart Tech for Firearms Challenge granted $1 million to innovators from around the globe developing user-authentication features for firearms.” This website has information that explains smart gun technology.