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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Five Tips To Help People Concerned With An Elderly Family Member And His Gun

GunRecently, journalist Sally Abrahms, has shed some light on five things people should know about elderly people and their guns. There is a growing concern with older gun owners who may have dementia, or other illness' that could affect cognition, eyesight, or hearing. These conditions increase the risk of accidental shootings. However, to the elder gun owner, the gun may represent independence. When it is time to talk to an elderly gun owner about letting go of his weapon?

  1. Ask yourself if the gun owner is fit to keep the weapon. Additionally, evaluate why the gun owner bought the weapon and check to see if those reasons are still persuasive.
  2. If the gun is not in the hands of a competent person then try to get the owners permission to remove the gun from his home. Additionally, consider including family, friends, and maybe even an attorney who cares about the gun owner in the conversation to help convince the owner to get rid of the gun.
  3. Call the police department and ask them what to do if the gun owner does not want to part with the gun.
  4. Do not remove a gun from someone else's house without permission because it might be illegal. Additionally, you must register the gun if you are planning to keep it.
  5. Be especially cautious when an elder is overcome by sadness, such as a spouse's death.

See Sally Abrahms, Should Your Aging Parents Still Have a Gun In Their Home?, Forbes.com, Apr. 1, 2013.


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