Florida to include gun safety tips with gun licenses

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida will begin adding gun storage safety tips when it sends out concealed handgun licenses to its residents, Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried said at a news conference Wednesday.

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Florida to provide gun safety tips with concealed handgun permits

The program is an initiative of the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Services

The objectives are to prevent accidental firing and to keep weapons out of the reach of children.

Flyers will also be posted at FDACS Tax Collector and Licensing Division offices.

The flyer will encourage people to keep their guns locked up, unloaded and stored in a separate place from ammunition, asking if firearms are safely stored in the homes their children visit, making sure firearms always point in a safe direction and treat all weapons as if they were loaded. The goal is to prevent accidental shootings and keep guns out of the reach of children, said Fried, a Democrat whose department oversees Florida’s concealed-gun licensing program.

“This new initiative presents common-sense, nonpartisan steps we can all take to prevent gun violence and unintentional firearm injuries and deaths. As a gun owner, I know what a responsibility it is to carry a firearm, and I know how important it is to take simple steps to help keep myself and those around me safe,” Fried said. “The truth is that every step we take to increase security and prevent gun violence, big or small, could save a life.”

Brochures will also be available at FDACS Tax Collector and Licensing Division offices.

“We believe that increasing education about these simple safety measures will help save lives,” Fried said.

Democratic state Rep. Dan Daley said the Republican-dominated Legislature has taken no action on gun safety.

“No one is going to come for your guns,” said Daley, who owns a gun. “I think we just want to be safe and take a step in the right direction.”

Source: www.baynews9.com