Whether you are a new firearm owner or a seasoned firearm enthusiast, it is important to prioritize safety and handle your gun responsibly at all times and with respect to their potential to cause harm.
Taking a gun safety course or seeking the advice of a gun professional can be a great way to help you learn more about how to handle firearms safely, legally, and responsibly. However, it is essential to follow these 10 basic rules regardless of your level of experience—the golden rules if you will.
1. Treat every gun as if it is loaded.
This is probably the most important rule for gun safety. Even if you are certain that a gun is unloaded, you should always treat it as if it is loaded. This means handling it with care and respect, and keeping your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
2. Never point a gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
This rule applies whether you are handling a firearm or simply looking at it. Always be aware of where the barrel of the gun is pointing, and never point it at anything you are not willing to destroy. This includes people, pets, and property.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
Your finger must always be outside the trigger guard and away from the trigger until you are ready to shoot. This helps to prevent accidental discharges and ensure that you are in control of when the gun is fired.
4. Be sure of what you are aiming for and what is beyond it.
5. Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.
6. Store guns in a gun safe or gun locker when not in use.
7. Know your firearm and how it operates.
Before you shoot a firearm, be sure to familiarize yourself with its specific features and functions. This includes how to load and unload the gun, how to safely engage and disengage the safety, and how to properly operate any other features or controls.
8. Only use ammunition appropriate to your firearm.
Different firearms are designed to use specific types of ammunition. Using the wrong type of ammunition can damage the gun and lead to accidents or injuries. Make sure you only use ammunition that is suitable for your firearm.
9. Never drink or use drugs prior to or during a shooting.
10. Be aware of your surroundings and always follow range safety rules.
When shooting at a range or other designated shooting area, be sure to follow all safety rules and procedures. This includes wearing proper protective gear, following range commands, and being aware of your surroundings at all times.
By following these basic rules for gun safety either at home or on the range, you can ensure that you are using your firearm responsibly and help prevent accidents and injuries. And it is the most important thing and has to come above everything else: safety.
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