We are all aware of incidents of gun violence in our surrounding communities and across the nation. Providing San Juan Unified students and staff with a safe educational environment remains one of our top priorities. Recently, community groups have asked that San Juan Unified pass a resolution and share information about the importance of secure firearm storage with families. In October 2022, San Juan Unified’s Board of Education passed a resolution declaring the importance of secure firearm storage.
Additionally, beginning in the 2023-24 school year, state legislation (Senate Bill 906) will require school districts to include an annual notification to parents/guardians related to the safe storage of firearms.
Many studies of school-based gun violence point to the same significant point of intervention - addressing students' unauthorized access to guns in the home. Unsecured guns in the home pose a risk to students beyond gun violence in schools - every year, hundreds of children unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else.
Research shows that secure firearm storage practices play a vital role in reducing the risk of gun violence. Storing firearms securely protects children and adults by preventing unintentional shootings and gun suicides. Firearms should be stored unloaded, in a locked location and separate from ammunition.
You can learn more and download helpful resources such as a secure storage fact sheet and tips to talk with your children about guns at www.besmartforkids.org/resources.