is to provide the children with realistic firearms training so they understand how to handle ( or not handle ) firearms. Policy here is that all kids get started with basic safety when they can understand spoken words at about 1 yr, and we reinforce with demos when they can walk - warm cans of crappy pop wok well, with a 22 - little tiny cartridge - big effect. My kids reinforce that and allow the children to see guns, but with appropriate caution. We check for loaded condition and keep muzzle control. same applies to toy guns. By 5-6 YO they can fire a bolt action 22 rifle off the bench under their own power with me watching.