The next time your kids play with a gun, make sure you have them under the supervision of a trained adult to ensure safe play.CBS News has learned that parents can use the “Safe Play” program to keep their kids safe from dangerous guns while they play.
The program is being rolled out in California, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
Parents are encouraged to keep a gun secured in a safe place, and to put it away when they’re not using it.
They should also not bring guns into the house or into an area where children are present.
Parents also are encouraged not to play with other people’s guns, even if they are a licensed gun owner.
Parents are encouraged, however, to ask their kids to refrain from bringing any guns to the house.
“The safety of your children is our number one priority,” said Nancy O’Brien, the director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, in a statement.
“The Safe Play program will help parents keep their children safe while they are out on the play fields with friends, and in the hands of adults who are trained to safely use firearms.”
The program is now being rolled into a new state-run program, which has been rolling out in other states for the past year.
The California program will have its pilot in place in New York this year.
It was expanded from a pilot in New Hampshire to a statewide program in Massachusetts in early December.
It’s the second state program that was expanded this year to expand its reach to all 50 states.
The first was expanded in New Jersey last year.