Man teaches daughters gun safety by example

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - After growing up on a farm and serving in the military, Ian Beyer is no stranger to guns.

"Guns have been part of my life for quite a while.  I've had my guns for 20 years," Beyer said.

Beyer keeps his guns locked away at his Overland Park home, away from his two daughters.

"I keep them in an inoperable state. The essential firing components are separated from the main part of the weapon," Beyer said. "They're kept somewhere where the kids can't get them."

Nine-year-old Faith Beyer said she wouldn't want to touch her father's guns.

She's currently learning more about them after getting a BB gun for Christmas.

One of the first rules her father has taught her is to never touch a gun that may be lying around.

"I wouldn't touch it, it might be someone else's, and if by accident you hit the trigger, it might go off," Faith said.

Beyer also teaches his girls to never point a gun at something they don't intend to destroy, and to always be aware of your target and what's behind it.

Most importantly, he teaches his daughters to: "Treat it as if it's loaded all the time, even if you have the thing completely disassembled of its firing components."

By keeping those tips in mind, and properly storing your weapon at all times, Beyer said everyone in your house will be safe.

"I think if children are taught to respect the firearms, and the power of firearms, and not necessarily be afraid of the fact that it's a firearm, that's crucial," Beyer said.

According to childrensdefense.org, about five percent of child and teen deaths involving guns are accidental.

Beyer said putting your weapon away properly the second you are done using it is a rule all gun owners should follow. He said not following that practice is what leads to accidents.

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