Why should we be concerned about access to lethal means?


Lethal means are objects like guns, medications, alcohol, opioids or other substances, ropes, cords, or sharp objects that can be used during a suicidal crisis. If a Veteran is in crisis or having suicidal thoughts, these items can become deadly when they are easily accessible. For example, nearly 7 out of every 10 Veteran deaths by suicide are the result of firearm injuries (Dept. of Veteran Affairs, 2018).


Increasing the time and distance between someone in a suicidal crisis and access to lethal means can reduce suicide risk and save lives. There are simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.,

On this page, you’ll find:

      • Helpful tips for storing guns, medications, and other lethal means.
      • Additional resources about safe storage of firearms.



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Wisconsin Firearm Safe Storage Facilities

An even safer way to keep firearms at a distance is by storing your firearms with your local firearm retailer, gun smith or range.

The locations in blue on the map below provide firearm storage at no or minimal cost. Call them in advance for costs, restrictions, or any other information before going in-person to the store and double check whether the facility is providing the gun storage service prior to referring someone in crisis to a firearm store.

Instructions for anyone using the storage map:

The firearm facilities noted on the map are voluntarily providing this service and can refuse to provide storage for anyone.  Be sure that you have the firearm(s) unloaded, when you take them in.


We are looking for more Firearm Facilities to participate in the program, please sign up: HERE.

Please email us at CaptainJohnDMasonProgram@mcw.edu for suggestions or if you have a firearm facility that would like to participate. Let us know how we are doing and what else we can do to help you provide this service! Check out the full website page at BeThereWis.com.

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The information contained here is not intended to be nor is it a substitute for professional medical or legal advice. The contents of this website should not be construed as or solely relied upon for medical or legal advice. The information presented on this website may not reflect the most current legal developments. Always seek the advice of a qualified health care provider with any questions about medical conditions, and always seek the advice of an attorney with any question about legal issues.

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