How To Be An Urban Gun Owner
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Black city dwellers are armed, too. Here are 5 ways to pack heat responsibly.
Gun safety classes like Ector's help people understand the responsibility undertaken by gun ownership, as well as the care needed to keep firearms ready and in working condition. Responsible gun owners always keep their guns away from unauthorized users, Ector says. They use the right kind of ammunition to reduce the chance that they'll shoot someone and the bullet will travel through, hitting an unintended target. They also go to a shooting range at least once a month and shoot at least 50 rounds during target practice. “You should develop an unconscious competence and comfort with your gun -- the same way you do when you drive,” Ector says. Gun owners should also maintain and clean a firearm every time it’s used.
2. Talk to your kids.
Children should not stumble onto guns in the home without having had some conversation with parents about the gun’s presence, Ector says. Parents make huge mistakes in not discussing the presence of a gun in their home, and then assuming their children will not know about it or won't go looking for it. Ector recommends parents take the NRA’s Eddie Eagle approach in discussing guns with their children; that is, “Tell kids, ‘If you see a gun, stop, don’t touch it, leave the room and tell an adult.’”
3. Decide what method of storage works for you.
Keeping a loaded gun in a drawer at home, in between couch cushions or in plain view just isn’t smart, no matter how experienced an owner is. For those concerned that locking and hiding guns away renders them useless in an emergency, Ector recommends tabletop safes with key locks, thumbprint security or combination pads. There’s also the concealed carry option in most, but not all states. Ector says he carries his gun wherever he is legally allowed, but adds that it’s important to know where the pistol-free zones are in communities. Generally, churches and schools are pistol-free zones.
4. Commit to memory local, state and federal gun regulations.
With his concealed carry license, Ector can be legally armed in 39 states. But there are varying restrictions that make traveling with a weapon difficult. Do your homework. Ector recommends finding relevant rules and regulations you need to know in gun safety classes or online at credible gun owners advocacy websites.
5. Join a community of owners, which can help you stay responsible.
Ector, obviously, isn’t the only black man in all of the NRA. Joining a gun owners support group can help individuals stay up to date on regulations and get immersed in the gun ownership culture, says the Rev. Kenn Blanchard, a popular blogger and creator of the “Black Man With A Gun” podcast. He tells Loop 21 that he joined the NRA because it was one of the few organizations that understood his views on gun ownership. A former U.S. Marine, Blanchard grew up in between his parent’s home in Maryland and the rural Virginia home of his grandmother, who kept a loaded shotgun within arms' reach. “My grandmother’s shotgun kept the Klan off the lawn,” says the 50-year-old ordained minister.
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