Gun safety

GunSafety4Bexar

Mass shootings across Texas and the nation have captured headlines. What we hear less frequently about are the many firearm injuries that occur because guns aren’t safely stored. The result – gun-related suicides, unintentional discharges and firearm theft.

A coalition of Bexar County organizations believe we can prevent many of these tragedies by promoting safe gun storage. That’s why Bexar County, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, Be SMART for Kids, Safe Kids San Antonio, VIA and University Health System are working to save lives through our partnership, GunSafety4Bexar.

Through this website, we’ll keep you updated on locations and events where gun locks will be distributed free of charge to the public. You can also notify us with your request for a gun lock.

We’ll keep you informed about other efforts to prevent unintentional firearm injuries, and you’ll find information you can use to prevent injuries in your own homes.

Here’s how to protect your family and home

Kids can find anything. Make sure they can’t find a gun

One in three homes with children in America have guns, and many owners neglect to lock them or remove ammunition. Nine children or teens in our country are shot every day in gun accidents – over 3,000 youth every year. By storing guns locked, unloaded and separate from ammunition, firearm owners can help reduce the number of children who find guns and accidentally shoot themselves or someone else.

Recognize depression and take steps to prevent suicide with firearms

Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance abuse increase the risk of suicide. Suicides account for nearly two-thirds of all gun deaths in the United States. Many who take their own lives use firearms found in their own homes or in those of relatives and friends. Suicides can often be prevented when guns are unloaded, locked and ammunition is stored in a separate location.

Safe firearm storage in homes with Alzheimer or dementia patients

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia lead to a loss in ability to think, reason and remember. Nearly one- third of people with dementia exhibit combative behavior over the course of their illness, and if they have access to guns, family members and caregivers may be at risk. It is important for families to safely store firearms in their homes. The Alzheimer’s Association has additional recommendations.

Free gun lock distribution locations and events

GunSafety4Bexar is distributing gun locks at no cost. You can pick up locks at distribution sites and at events. Two different types of locks are available – cable locks and trigger locks.

Pickup Locations

Bexar County Sheriff’s Substation – East
8794 East Loop 1604 North
Converse, TX 78154
Phone: 210-335-5628
When: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Bexar County Sheriff’s Substation – West
6825 Cagnon Road
San Antonio, TX 78252
Phone: 210-335-5275
When: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Request a safe gun storage presentation

Be SMART for Kids and Safe Kids San Antonio, led by University Health System, will respond to requests for presentations on safe gun storage. Request a safe gun storage presentation.

Gun Safety Additional Resources:

The State of texas County of Bexar
University Health System logo
Bexar County Sheriff's Office
VIA
Be Smart
safe kids