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Albany police urge gun safety with kids

Project Childsafe locks are available at law enforcement offices (Source: WALB) Project Childsafe locks are available at law enforcement offices (Source: WALB)
Albany police encourage parents to educate their children on the dangers of guns (Source: WALB) Albany police encourage parents to educate their children on the dangers of guns (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany police are encouraging parents to keep firearms locked up and out of reach from curious children.

A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics last month found guns kill nearly 1,300 children each year.

Based on data from 2012 to 2014, on average, around 5,800 children were treated in the ER every year for a gun-related injury. A little more than 20 percent of those were unintentional.

It's why Albany police said parents should always take extra caution to keep any firearm out of reach from children.

"Make sure that the weapons are put away, locked and secured, sometimes even locking the gun in one place and putting the ammunition in another place and make sure those items are kept out of sight from the children," said APD Public Information Officer Phyllis Banks.

Police also encourage parents to educate their children about the dangers of guns. They said it's important to stress that guns in real life can cause real harm unlike guns in video games and movies.

Project Childsafe Locks are also available at some area law enforcement offices.

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