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.


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