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 safe-or unsafe.
10 Rules of Safe Gun Handling
- Always Keep The Muzzle Pointed In A Safe Direction
- Firearms Should Be Unloaded When Not Actually In Use
- Don't Rely On Your Gun's "Safety"
- Be Sure Of Your Target And What's Beyond It
- Use Correct Ammunition
- If Your Gun Fails To Fire When The Trigger Is Pulled, Handle With Care!
- Always Wear Eye And Ear Protection When Shooting.
- Sure The Barrel Is Clear Of Obstructions Before Shooting
- Don't Alter Or Modify Your Gun, And Have Guns Serviced Regularly
- Learn The Mechanical And Handling Characteristics Of The Firearm You Are Using
Hunting and target shooting are among the safest of all sports. This booklet is 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 in this booklet. Please read this booklet carefully and follow the safety procedures outlined. Develop safe shooting habits, and remember, firearms safety is up to you. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT!
Download the full firearm safety booklet here. (.pdf file)
Firearm Responsibility in the Home
As a firearms owner, you are responsible for knowing how to properly handle your firearm(s) and how to secure your firearm(s) in a safe manner in your home. Our firearm safety brochure underscores the responsibilities each and every one of us must accept when we bring firearms into our homes. If for any reason you feel uncomfortable with or are unable to accept these responsibilities, we strongly urge you not to own a firearm.
FACT: Accidents involving firearms in the home have decreased significantly over the last 20 years, according to the National Safety Council.
By strictly following the common-sense rules listed in the PDF brochure that can be downloaded below, parents and children can prevent firearms accidents in the home and ensure that this downward trend continues. All you have to do is act responsibly and insist that other members of your family do the same.
Credit to the NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation) for much of the safety information and the booklet downloads contained here.