Firearm Safety Information

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The most basic rules of firearm safety:

  1. Always treat every firearm as if it were loaded at all times.
  2. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target and you are ready to fire.
  3. Be sure of your target and everything beyond it.
  4. Control muzzle (barrel) direction at all times. Only point a firearm at things you want to shoot.

It is impossible to have an accident without breaking at least one of the above rules!

More rules:

  1. Before handling a firearm, understand how it works.
  2. Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.
  3. Keep the safety on until you are ready to fire, but do not rely on it.
  4. Ensure the firearm is unloaded and the action is open before handing the firearm to someone else.
  5. Never shoot a rifle at any hard or flat surface, or at water.
  6. Don't handle firearms while affected by alcohol or drugs of any other kind, including phamaceuticals.
  7. Do not assume that a gun is secure. Some firearms have excellent security systems to prevent accidental firing (e.g. when dropped), others don't.
  8. Don't cross a fence or climb a tree with a loaded firearm.
  9. Never carry a firearm with the hammer fully cocked.
  10. Keep your firearm unloaded when you are not using it.
  11. Store your firearm and ammunition in separate locked places. Ensure no child has access to your firearm(s).

Author: Skeeter Abell-Smith
Modified: 19 Dec 1996,
Verified: 08 Sep 1998
Modified: 04 Dec 2009
Copyright © 1996-1997 Skeeter Abell-Smith.
Copyright © 2002-2009 Howard R. Hamilton