Local Coalition and Big Waves Unite for Gun Safety

Big WavesThe Larimer County Juvenile Gun Safety Coalition is grateful for the support from a new partner - Big Waves - a Colorado non-profit organization who is contributing to our upcoming public service announcement project.  Together, we are working to help eliminate gun violence with the message of responsible gun ownership.  Learn more about Big Waves >>

Safe Gun Storage Message Goes Statewide

Building off the Larimer County Juvenile Gun Safety Coalition's model, the Colorado Attorney General issues statewide public service announcements.  See the Press Release Here >>

Gun Safety For Juveniles Begins With Responsible Ownership By Adults

The Problem

Over the past few years, our Larimer County community has lost too many young people to gun violence. 

A total of 613 stolen firearms and 4,595 vehicle trespasses were reported across the county from 2016-2018. Many of those guns were unsecured in homes or vehicles and ended up in the hands of our county’s youths. In 2019, there were 188 reported guns stolen and 1,472 vehicle trespasses in Larimer County.

The Campaign

We believe every resident has shared ownership of our community’s safety. We also believe in empowering people to make the best decisions for themselves and their families through access to fact-based, safety-focused information.

Following months of research and collaboration, a coalition of about 20 law enforcement partners, government agencies, and school districts launched a multi-tiered gun safety awareness campaign. Started in July 2019, the campaign is designed to provide education and resources to community members.

Focus areas include:

  • Responsible gun ownership and safe handling and storage of firearms.
  • Encouraging students to report concerning behaviors or guns in school using tools such as Safe2Tell.
  • Working with youth in the criminal justice system who have been involved in gun-related incidents.

The Coalition

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  • Always keep the firearm’s muzzle pointed in a safe direction. A “safe direction” means that the gun is pointed so that even if an accidental discharge occurred, it would not result in injury.
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until you actually intend to shoot. When handling a gun, rest your finger outside the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Don’t touch the trigger until you are actually ready to fire.
  • Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use. Whenever you pick up a gun, such as when removing it from or returning it to storage, remember to point it in a safe direction and make sure it is unloaded.
  • Be sure you know how your firearm operates: read the manual on your firearm, know how to safely open and close the action of the firearm and know how to safely remove any ammunition from the firearm and its magazine.
  • Store your firearms in a locked cabinet, safe, gun vault or storage case when not in use, ensuring they are in a location inaccessible by children and cannot be handled by anyone without your permission.
  • Store your ammunition in a locked location separate from firearms.
  • Use a gun locking device that renders the firearm inoperable when not in use. A gun lock should be used as an additional safety precaution and not as a substitute for secure storage.
  • Make sure young people in your home are aware of and understand the safety guidelines concerning firearms. Have them sign the Project ChildSafe Pledge for young people—a reminder that if they find an unattended firearm in their home or a neighbor’s to not touch it, and tell an adult.
  • Always unload, clean and place your firearms in their secure storage location immediately after returning from a hunting trip or a day at the range.
  • Educate everyone in your family about firearms safety.

For Crisis concerns, including suicide assessments, contact:

  • SummitStone’s Community Crisis Center, 1217 Riverside Ave. in Fort Collins, is available 24/7 at 970-494-4200

Additional community resources for supporting your child with grief and loss include:

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Unit provides gun safety education materials and free gun locks at many public events. To request a presentation or find out about upcoming events they will be attending, please contact the Sheriff's Auxiliary Unit coordinator at 970-498-5159.

2019 Statistics

 (For all Larimer County law enforcement agencies reporting)

Vehicle Trespasses......... TOTAL:  1,472

Reported Guns Stolen... TOTAL:  188

2016 - 2018 Statistics

Vehicle Trespasses......... TOTAL:  4,595 (2016-18)

Fort Collins




Larimer County (Including Berthoud and Wellington)




Estes Park





Reported Guns Stolen... TOTAL:  613 (2016-18)

Fort Collins


Larimer County (Including Berthoud and Wellington)




Estes Park







Media Toolkit

Downloadable Files and Media Links:

Rack Cards      
Facebook & Twitter Graphics

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Instagram Graphics

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Public Service Announcements

Link to Larimer County Juvenile Gun Safety Coalition PSA:  


Link to Colorado Attorney General PSA 1 "Bring them inside":  


Link to Colorado Attorney General PSA 2 "Store firearms securely":  



Request for Printed Media & Gun Locks

If you are a business or organization that wants to join us in promoting gun safety you can request our printed media (e.g., posters, rack cards for display), please fill out our request form below.  You will also have the opportunity to request gun locks as well. 

***Gun Locks are not for resale.  They are for free distribution to the public to promote responsible gun ownership.*** 

REQUEST FORM (under construction, thank you for your patience)

Messaging/Coalition Toolkit for Your Community

A toolkit for starting Safe Firearm Storage messaging/coalition in your community.