The retailers say most gun owners are responsible in the way they store and secure their weapons, the Asbury Park Press reported Friday.
A 4-year-old Toms River boy found an unsecured, loaded rifle in his home Monday. He took the gun into the backyard and fatally shot a 6-year-old neighbor, police say.
Owners of stores that sell guns in the area said they saw a sharp rise in purchases of gun security devices after Hurricane Sandy by people afraid of looters. There's been no similar spike in the sales of gun safes or locks since the Tom's River shooting, they said.
"When we sell a gun, we push for a gun safe," said Bill Sherman, who owns a pistol range in Lakewood. "For somebody to leave their gun loaded and out, that's careless."
The Atlantic County prosecutor's office is investigating whether charges will be filed in the shooting and, if so, against whom.