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Be SMART: Secure gun storage saves kids' lives

A campaign to keep our kids safer

Guns are the leading cause of death for American children and teens.

Guns are now the leading cause of death among children in the United States. That is why it is more important than ever for parents and caregivers to know how secure gun storage works. Children’s Hospital New Orleans, the New Orleans Department of Health, and Be SMART have teamed up to raise awareness that secure gun storage – storing guns locked, unloaded and separate from ammunition – can save children’s lives. Responsible gun ownership protects kids and reduces child firearm deaths.

Help keep kids safer by ensuring that all guns in your home or vehicles are securely stored.

Click here to fill out our form to request a free gun lock. Only Orleans and Jefferson Parish residents are eligible to receive the free gun locks. Limit one per household. Our team will follow-up to schedule a pick-up date and time, as supplies are available.

Click here to purchase a gun lock with a discount code of 25%. Enter code LCMC25off at time of check-out.

Read our press release

Learn more about Children's Hospital's Level II Trauma Center

Learn more about secure gun storage by clicking here. Questions or want to get involved? Please contact our Trauma Outreach team at 504.894.6960.

New Orleans community members are coming together to lend their voices to this campaign.

Let's hear what they have to say.


Click here to make a donation to support this work, including continuing to fund the availability of gun safes and education for Orleans Parish residents.

Additional Resources

Our partners at Be SMART have a variety of resources for you and your family to learn more about gun safety.

Visit their website here or click on one of the links below to join us in the effort to create a safer environment for kids.

Click here for suicide prevention resources.

Watch our video below for instructions on how to set-up and use a biometric gun safe.