Firearms Safety for a Crimefighter’s Family

It takes very little strength to pull the trigger on a gun, so we must be diligent in the safe handling and storage of our own firearms, beginning in our homes.

One of the many advantages of teaching firearms safety, skills and awareness to your family and friends is that it tends to lead to better off-duty officer safety for you. If your spouse and kids understand where, when and why you carry an off-duty gun, they’re more likely to be supportive. Encourage your civilian spouse or partner to obtain a concealed carry permit. On every outing, let the family know which firearm you’re carrying and where. Make it part of your family routine.

Remember, the word “ethos” means “habits.” Bring those “warrior ethos” home and share them with your family and friends. Your family, your community, and our country will be safer.


Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith retired in 2009 as a 29-year veteran of the Naperville, IL Police Department. Beginning her career as a police dispatcher at age 17, Betsy became an officer four years later and has held positions in patrol, investigations, narcotics, juvenile, hostage negotiation, crime prevention and field training. Betsy is a popular keynote speaker at conferences and events throughout the United States, Canada and around the world.

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