Firearms Safety

Firearm Safety - It's Eveyone's Responsbility






The Basics Of Firearm Safety

Firearms Safety

The attributes involved in properly handling a firearm are essentially the same as those involved in safely driving an automobile or operating industrial machinery.  These include knowing how the equipment or tool works, acquiring the skills to correctly handle it, and using caution during its operation.  There is no room for ignorance, inattention, aggression, or intoxication.


Essentially all gun accidents can be avoided.  The concept that "accidents will happen" has no place in the mind of the responsible gun owner.   Although true gun accidents involving the death of children are extremely rare, little comes to mind that would devastate a parent more.  Therefore, plan to "gun proof" your children and their friends by proper training and guidance.  Instill in them the following admonitions:  if they find any gun, don't touch or handle it, do leave the area, and do inform an adult.  It is wise to properly secure firearms in a gun safes or mini safes to virtually eliminate the potential for accidents. 


From the time you pick up a firearm, you become part of a system over which you have complete control. You are the only part of the system that can make a gun safeā€”or unsafe.

Hunting and target shooting are among the safest of all sports. These rules are intended to make them even safer by emphasizing the basics of safe gun handling and storage
and by reminding you that you are the key to firearms safety.

You can help meet this responsibility by enrolling in hunter safety or shooting safety courses. You must constantly stress safety when handling firearms, especially to children and non-shooters. Beginners, in particular, must be closely supervised when handling firearms with which they may not be acquainted. Don't be timid when it comes to gun safety. If you observe anyone violating any safety precautions, you have an obligation to insist on safer handling practices, such as those described in this section.

Please read this section carefully and follow each the safety procedures outlined.
Develop safe shooting habits, and remember, firearms safety is up to you.
Make no mistake about it!



The 3 Basic NRA Rules For Safe Gun Handling

1)  ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction..


2)  ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot  -  When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun.


3) ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber, leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does

When Using  A Gun
Know your target and what is beyond.
 You are responsible for where is lands of what it hits!

Know how to use the gun safely.y.
Before handling a gun, learn how it operates. Know its basic parts, how to safely open and close the action and remove any ammunition from the gun or magazine. Remember, a gun's mechanical safety device is never foolproof. Nothing can ever replace safe gun handling.


Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
Just like other tools, guns need regular maintenance to remain operable. Regular cleaning and proper storage are a part of the gun's general upkeep. If there is any question concerning a gun's ability to function, a knowledgeable gunsmith should look at it.


Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
Only "3"> Only BBs, pellets, cartridges or shells designed for a particular gun can be fired safely in that gun. Most guns have the ammunition type stamped on the barrel. Ammunition can be identified by information printed on the box and sometimes stamped on the cartridge. Do not shoot the gun unless you know you have the proper a


Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
Guns are loud and the noise can cause hearing damage. They can also emit debris and hot gas that could cause eye injury. For these reasons, shooting glasses and hearing protectors should be worn by shooters and spectators.  Never use alcohol or over-the-counter, prescription or other drugs before or while shooting. Alcohol, as well as any other substance likely to impair normal mental or physical bodily functions, must not be used before or while handling or shooting guns.  Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.  Many factors must be considered when deciding where and how to store guns. A person's particular situation will be a major part of the consideration. Dozens of gun storage devices, as well as locking devices that attach directly to the gun, are available. However, mechanical locking devices, like the mechanical safeties built into guns, can fail and should not be used as a substitute for safe gun handling and the observance of all gun safety rules.  Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.


Don't Alter Or Modify Your Gun, and  Have Guns Serviced Regularlyly

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