The Be SMART campaign raises awareness that responsible gun storage – storing guns locked, unloaded, and separate from ammunition — can save children’s lives.
According to research from the U.S. Secret Service, up to 76% of school shooters obtain their gun from their home or the home of relatives. In addition to preventing gun violence on school grounds, research shows that secure firearm storage also plays a vital role in reducing unintentional shootings and gun suicide.
Every year, hundreds of American children gain access to firearms and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else. Over the past decade, the firearm suicide rate among young people has increased faster than in any other age group, and today, it’s at a near all-time high. By keeping firearms securely stored, gun owners can help mitigate the risk of gun violence in and out of schools.
Firearms are now the leading cause of death among children in the United States. That’s why it’s more important than ever for parents and caregivers to know how secure firearm storage works. To learn more visit .
Because children deserve to feel safe, no matter where they are.
If you need a FREE gun lock, call the Pima County Attorney’s Office at 520-724-5617.