franco b wrote:Get her something she wants rather than forcing your views on her. I think you are responsible enough to do as you plan but I would be too afraid of what might happen when she might be alone with friends. Give her a choice of what she might want.
Locked in gun safe. If the gun is not in my possession it gets locked, simple. She is very good about not touching fire arms without my permission. I am usually carrying on my person and if she hugs me she is aware it is there and does not grab at it or show any curiosity. She does know the reason it is there. She will not even pick up any toy guns without questioning me if it is safe. We do not have toy guns here, except maybe a squirt gun. But she will not play with them at any friends houses either without asking an adult if it is OK.
I am not forcing my views on her, I waited till she asked if she could go with me when heading down the hill for target practice. She also asked if she could try. I went over all the safety rules with her. She was perfect. Even better behaved than normal very attentive and paid close attention to my instruction.
She did not get any bullseyes but hit the target from 100yds. And stayed on paper. The smile on her face was almost permanent.
She asked when we can go again. So I ordered the youth rifle. She loves it. We have not taken it out yet but soon.
I also have a rule if there is more than just me having target practice. All guns have the bolt removed and empty when that firearm is not being used. Revolvers are also emptied and open. Semi autos empty and locked open. I have very strict rules, If they are not followed I am not afraid to ask anyone to leave. I have not yet.