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Chapter 4: Safety Options.

Let's say that you counsel a patient on gun risk and he/she replies, "I understand what you are saying but I really don't want to get rid of my guns." How should you respond?

You can advise the patient to purchase a safe. They are available at most big-box home furnishing stores like Wal Mart, Home Depot, etc. You should also advise the patient that a gun safe or other secure storage options may reduce but does not eliminate gun risk because:

     1. Sooner or later the gun owner will forget to put the gun in the safe;

     2. If there are kids in the home, they will not only learn the combination but will not admit               that they know how to open the secure compartment;

     3. The secure compartment will end up being used for other storage - money, jewelry,                   documents - and family members will need access to those things, whether or not they               should be able to have access to the guns.

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Patients can usually get cable locks at local police stations and many medical facilities are also supplying locks.