Gun Safety Can Save Lives

Properly secure and store your firearms.

Gun safety goes beyond just knowing how to handle firearms; it also involves proper storage practices, especially in homes and vehicles.

Buncombe County Justice Services support staff members are available to assist you with your needs.
Buncombe County Justice Services support staff members are available to assist you with your needs.

Speaking to the importance of the issue, Sheriff Quentin Miller said, “I urge everyone in our community to properly secure and store your firearms. Whether it is a child or any loved one who may be around your firearms, please do not put them at unnecessary risk.”

Essential Tips for Gun Safety

Unload when Not in Use: Always ensure firearms are unloaded when not actively in use. This reduces the risk of accidental discharge.

Secure Storage: Store guns securely in locked cabinets or safes. This prevents unauthorized access, particularly by children or individuals who shouldn’t have access to firearms.

Separate from Ammunition: Keep firearms and ammunition stored separately. Storing them together increases the risk of accidents and misuse.

Use Gun Locking Devices: Consider using gun locking devices for an added layer of security. These devices prevent the firearm from being used without proper authorization.

Educate About Firearm Safety: It’s crucial to educate young people about firearm safety to prevent accidents and unauthorized access. Teaching them about the dangers associated with firearms and how to handle them responsibly can save lives.

In Buncombe County, community members can access gun locks from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office at 339 New Leicester Highway or on the fourth floor of 60 Court Plaza in downtown Asheville. Gun locks are also provided to the public via the Buncombe County Public Health Mobile Team at community events throughout the year.

Will Baxter and Brent Bailey, Buncombe County staff members.
Will Baxter and Brent Bailey, Buncombe County staff members.

S.A.F.E. Week of Action

Community-wide collaboration and proactive measures are essential to support gun safety. S.A.F.E. stands for “Secure All Firearms Effectively.” Partners in Buncombe County will come together for a gun violence prevention event in commemoration of Gun Violence Awareness Month and the NC S.A.F.E. Week of Action at Pack Square Park on Friday, June 7, 2024. Community members are invited to Pack Square Park at 12:45 p.m. for a photo opportunity to show commitment to this important issue. Participants are encouraged to wear orange for this photo opportunity.

Youth engagement is also a focus of partners in Buncombe County. The community is invited to a special free event on June 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Pack Square Park. The event is geared towards youth and focused on gun safety and gun violence prevention. There will be music, speakers, and activities for attendees, and food trucks will be on site. The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

Promoting safe gun storage can prevent accidents, unauthorized access, and gun-related incidents. More information about gun safety awareness and best practices for firearm storage can be found at


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