Gun owners disagree about essential safety precautions in homes with kids

Americans who own guns and those who do not hold different views about which safety precautions prove essential in a home with both kids and firearms, according to a survey released this week.

The Pew Research Center said 66 percent of gun owners agreed their guns should be locked up compared with 90 percent of non-owners. Roughly 4 in 10 owners said guns should be kept unloaded with children in the house, compared to 7 out of 10 non-owners.

Only 26 percent of owners believed visitors with children should be advised of guns present in the home while 48 percent of non-owners felt the opposite way.

Pew questioned 3,930 adults in April and May about their views on guns. About one-third of those surveyed said they owned at least one gun.

While some issues both groups agreed near-universally on — such as parents should discuss gun safety with their children — others divided the owners from the non-owners sharply.

“The majority of Americans who don’t own guns feel it is also essential for gun owners with children living in the home to keep their guns unloaded and in a separate spot from the ammunition,” Pew said Thursday. “Gun owners disagree. Majorities say these measures are either important but not essential or not important, even in households with children.”

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