Protecting our children is the fundamental reason many of us own and carry our firearms. Securing those firearms in our homes is just as important as understanding how to use them in the outside world. Let’s take a look at the laws in your state regarding securing firearms from children.

What is the law for storing firearms when children are going to be around? A violation of 18.2-56.2 is a Class 3 misdemeanor, which in Virginia is punishable by a fine of $500. Under Virginia Code Section 18.2-56.2, it is unlawful for any person to recklessly leave a loaded firearm in a manner that it would endanger the life or limb of any child under the age of 14.

The one area that the law goes further is childcare facilities. Any firearm must be stored, unloaded, in a locked container separate from the ammunition, which must be stored in its own locked container, and the key must be kept in a secure place where the children cannot get to it.

If you have any questions about the legality of storing your firearms, call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to an Independent Program Attorney.