Firearm Safety 101 with Corinne Mosher

Firearm Safety 101 with Corinne Mosher

 Firearm Safety 101

KC Well Armed Women


Centerfire Shooting Sports is happy to welcome the local Kansas City Frontier Chapter of the Well Armed Women.

The ladies of the Well Armed Women shoot at Centerfire every third Monday of the month.

Open to all women over 21, check out the Well Armed Women Website for more information.



Shooting Action Video - Lady 3 Gun Competition

Centerfire Shooting Sports Corinne Mosher placed 2nd in the Brownells Lady 3 Gun Shooting Competition.   Watch the shooting action below.

Armed With Knowledge; Children and Guns

Armed With Knowledge; Children and Guns

In 2007 my husband and I brought our baby daughter home from the hospital.  Amongst the tidal wave of emotions I experienced during my first few months of motherhood, there was a dawning reality that this child’s survival depended on the lessons I succeeded in, or failed to teach her.  The overwhelming magnitude of this responsibility, coupled with the unbearable thought of failing to fulfill it, caused enough anguish that I almost wished I had never had a child. The mere thought of losing my daughter was too horrible to imagine.

I know I am not the only parent who feels this way. Our sense of justice screams that children should not have to suffer, so we endeavor to danger-proof the lives of our children as much as is in our power to do so. As soon as they are old enough to comprehend, we choose to educate children about specific dangers.

One area which was and continues to be of great concern to me is how to protect my child, and other children, from the tragic results of negligent or improper use and storage of firearms. With a police officer as her dad, and a firearms instructor for a mom, I knew that my daughter was going to grow up in a home with guns either being worn or stored at all times.  I also knew that she would not always be at home or under my supervision. Would she be able to recognize danger if I’m not there? How do I ensure that she will never, EVER be endangered by the presence of firearms in her environment?

The truth is that the direction your family takes to address this issue may be as unique as your child. I would like to share with you the approach we have taken in our family to teach our daughter about safety and responsibility.

Fast forward seven years to a recent conversation between me and my daughter during an after-school car ride home.  Being at the age when “Because I’m your mother and I say so...” is no longer a satisfactory explanation to the question “why?”, I found myself over-explaining the reasons my husband and I have certain rules for her conduct at home and at school, most of which are based on safety concerns. After many minutes of debate, in which I felt I was losing to a seven-year-old, I finally ended the discussion with this thought: 

“Every rule I have for you is to keep you #1 - ALIVE and #2 - OUT OF JAIL. That’s it.”


To accomplish this goal we guide children away from behavior that is dishonest or harmful to themselves and others. Sub lessons in this category may include how to avoid becoming a bully, the importance of being truthful no matter what the cost, showing kindness to others, or becoming an honest and thorough worker. The ultimate goal, of course, is to teach kids how to become productive and happy members of society.

#1 – ALIVE

This task encompasses educating children on all potential physical dangers that might lead to death or serious injury.  While children grow up, we gradually help them become alert to the life-threatening dangers in their environments, while shielding them from some of life’s scarier realities. Through heavily censured cautionary tales we teach kids to avoid strangers because they might “take you”, or “hurt you”.  We teach children to look both ways before crossing the street, wear seat belts in the car and helmets on their bikes, and not to play with fire or power tools. But, are we and should we be teaching children about firearm safety?

Firearms are inherently dangerous power tools, similar in nature to most of the contents of any basement/garage workshop. No reasonable person would think it appropriate to let a child handle a nail gun or power saw without intense supervision, or to leave such a machine readily capable of use in an area where a child might stumble upon it.

Firearms fire due to intent or negligence.  It takes human interference to discharge a firearm, and human error to discharge a firearm that unintentionally causes injury to another person. Most unintentional injuries at home involving a child and a firearm are due to negligent handling or storage on the part of the gun’s owner.  

When it comes to injuries involving inherently dangerous power tools, complacency is always the smoking gun.  It is commonly known that the Four Cardinal Rules of Firearm Safety are;

#1 Treat All Guns As If They Are Loaded

#2 Never Let the Muzzle Cover Anything You Are Not Willing To Destroy

#3 Keep Your Finger off The Trigger Until Your Sights Are On Your Intended Target And You’re Willing To Shoot

#4 Know Your Target, Backstop And Beyond

My daughter was four years old when we taught her the Four Cardinal Rules of Firearm Safety and the reasons why we treat guns with respect and not as toys.

We discussed with her the appropriate and inappropriate times to handle firearms and what to do if she were to come across a gun in a circumstance that was not appropriate.  If she were to see a gun and there was no adult present or she didn’t have a good feeling then she was to

“yell ‘GUN! GUN! GUN! then Run, Run, Run”

getting as far away as fast as possible! My husband and I felt that this was simple for a young child to remember and also would cover a variety of circumstances where our daughter might be at risk due to the presence of a firearm in the wrong hands.

When gun owners follow the Four Cardinal Rules of Firearm Safety, regularly and properly maintain their firearms AND store their firearms so that they are NOT ACCESSIBLE to unauthorized users, then it stands to reason that any “gun accident” we hear about or read in the news is not an accident but was due to “negligence”. Someone did something they weren’t supposed to do (broke one of the rules), or didn’t do something they were supposed to do (improper storage).

In my home we chose to teach our daughter firearm safety as soon as she was old enough to become curious about guns.  Shielding children from the KNOWLEDGE of guns only protects them while you are watching. Teaching them how to be safe and responsible with firearms will give them a foundation of correct skills and attitudes that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Corinne Mosher

Project Child Safe

Centerfire Shooting Sports is a product supporter of Project Child Safe.


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Project ChildSafe is a nationwide program that promotes safe firearms handling and storage practices among all firearm owners through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm Safety Kits. The kits include a cable-style gun-locking device and a brochure (also available in Spanish) that discusses safe handling and storage. Since 2003, the Project has partnered with local law enforcement agencies to distribute more than 36 million safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and five U.S. territories.

Project ChildSafe's success is attributable to law enforcement, elected officials, community leaders, state agencies, businesses, the firearms industry and individuals who have worked to help raise awareness about the importance of securely storing firearms in the home.

Join Project ChildSafe in promoting safe firearm handling and storage education. Become a law enforcement partner or a supporter organization today! 

To learn more about the program, check out our infographic and fact sheet.

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Centerfire Shooting Sports Manager aids in investigation

Centerfire Shooting Sports Manager aids in investigation. 


"41 Action News’ Jenna Hanchard caught up with Nolan May, a gun expert and the general manager at Centerfire in Olathe, who says the bullet holes may give us some insight to the type of gun being used."



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Moose from 989 the Rock shooting at Centerfire Shooting Sports

Moose from 989 the Rock shooting at Centerfire Shooting Sports




Miss Kansas Shoots at Centerfire Shooting Sports

Miss Kansas - Theresa Vail - Shooting at Centerfire Shooting Sports

Carrying a Firearm and Being DEAF

Hearing impaired individuals have the same rights to find the necessary tools to defend themselves and their family as a hearing person. Both the States of Kansas and Missouri have no additional restrictions for the hearing impaired with regard to receiving a concealed carry permit, but deaf individuals could face some special challenges.

One of the biggest concerns with carrying a concealed handgun is not hearing a law enforcement officer or that officer not understanding the hearing impaired person. A possible solution might be to have a pre-printed card that could be handed to an officer on a traffic stop. It could have the following information:

  1. I am deaf
  2. I am a conceal carry permit holder
  3. May I reach for a pen to answer your questions on where my firearm is as well as my driver’s license, insurance, registration and permit are?

If you are stopped you can 1) turn on your overhead light, 2) grab the card and hold it in your hands which will both be on the steering wheel and hand it slowly to the officer when he or she asks to see your license, insurance and registration. Or you could keep all four of those documents together with the 3 x 5 card.

Being deaf can be a huge disadvantage when it comes to potential danger. A deaf person may not be able to hear a burglar or assailant breaking into a home. Some alarm companies do provide strobe lights for the situation of a home invasion. Being alert and aware of your surroundings is an important part of personal safety, but if an individual cannot hear an approaching threat the danger is that much greater. On the flip side a hearing impaired person may not be able to give verbal warning commands for someone to get back or be able to scream for help. A hand held alarm might be an option when out in public.

Another issue with deafness is very few Concealed Carry Handgun Classes or Tactical Classes are compatible for the deaf. Tactical videos and self-defense videos rarely provide captioning or subtitles. Centerfire Shooting Sports was approached by a hearing impaired customer who wanted to take a concealed carry class. One had never been offered before, but thanks to her help our January 24th class will be signed for those individuals needing it.


First Shots

First Shots

Have you ever wanted to get started shooting a handgun or rifle but just didn’t know how?  Our First Shots program is a great place to start and it’s FREE!  All ages are welcome (minimum is 14 years old and all students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult).  The goal is to introduce people to the sport of target shooting in a fun and safe environment.  Responsible firearm ownership begins here and will remain for a lifetime.  This introductory class begins in the classroom and then coupled with hands on activity on the range with a certified NRA instructor.  All gun rental, ammunition, and targets are provided to you at no charge.  Sign up today to begin your First Shots!






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