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Firearm Permits

Programs that issue permits which provide written authorization for individuals to purchase rifles, automatic revolvers, shotguns and other portable firearms. Included are programs that license the use of firearms for hunting and other recreational purposes as well as for personal protection.

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Firearm Buyback/Exchange Programs

Programs, generally operated by law enforcement agencies, that encourage individuals to voluntarily turn in unwanted firearms, no questions asked, usually in exchange for cash, vouchers for goods and services or other incentives. Once collected, law enforcement officials identify stolen guns and those involved in ongoing criminal investigations, and then destroy the remainder.

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Firearm Safety Education

Programs that are designed to increase public awareness of the basic techniques for safely handling, cleaning, repairing and storing rifles, shotguns, pistols and other firearms. Also included are programs that teach young children the dangers associated with firearms, the difference between toy guns and real ones, the importance of not touching or handling guns that may be found around the house or in other environments and what to do if they come into contact with a gun, i.e., leave the vicinity where the gun is located and tell an adult immediately; and/or that teach parents child-related firearm safety including the suggestion that they ask other parents if there are firearms in the home and ensure that they are safely secured before allowing their child to visit.

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