When do you think is the right age to let children handle firearms?

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Some people in my family first learn to handle a gun before they're teenagers.

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Jodi - posted on 02/17/2016

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Personally, never, but then, I'm in Australia and I would also never own one myself. Guns are not really a thing here, and I don't know any kids who have one. In fact, unless you live in a rural area here, very few adults have them either.

Raye - posted on 02/17/2016

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I am a responsible gun owner. My step-kids are 8 and 11. Their dad is capable with firearms, but doesn't own any. Although I am confident in my abilities to teach the kids the fundamentals of shooting, I'm not confident in their current ability to have proper respect for firearms. They haven't grown up around it, and it would take time to foster that respect. So, my answer would be that it depends on how the children were brought up, what exposure they've had to firearms in their lives, and how capable the parents/instructors are to instill the proper skills and mindset that comes with being responsible with firearms.

With kids that grow up shooing Nerf guns at each other, the cats, etc., you really have to spend time re-training them NOT to point the weapon at anything they don't wish to kill or destroy.

Ev - posted on 02/17/2016

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Even though Shawnn's answer was a good one, maybe that was not what they wanted to hear?

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/16/2016

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When they're old enough to understand what they can do, what harm they can cause, and how NOT to mishandle them.

In our house, that was around 5, with supervision of course. They are now adults, legal firearm owners, and just fine.

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