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Firearms should be Emptied When they are Not in Use
- Firearms should be loaded only when you are on the target range or shooting area, ready to shoot. When not in use, guns and ammunition should be secured in a safe place, separate from each other. It is your responsibility to prevent children and unauthorized adults from gaining access to guns or ammunition. A safe is a preferable spot for your firearm because it can be safely secured. Do not rely on the safety button, many accidents have occurred from reliance on the safety mechanism. Always unload all ammunition and be sure to double check that the firearms chamber is empty.
- Unload your gun as soon as you are finished. A loaded firearm has no place in or near a car, truck or building. Unload your gun immediately when you have finished shooting, well in advance before you bring it into a car or home. When unloading the firearm be aware of your surroundings and use caution so you do not to set off the firearm. The immediate dispensary of ammunition is an important part of the safety involved in being a gun owner. Guns should always be handled and stored in a responsible manner at all times. Although recreational shooting is okay, firearms are not a toy and they should be taken very seriously.
Never perform any awkward action with a loaded gun. While in the field, there will be times when common sense and the basic rules of gun safety will require you to unload your gun for maximum safety. Never pull or push a loaded firearm toward yourself or another person. There is never any excuse to carry a loaded gun in a scabbard, a holster not being worn or a gun case. When in doubt, unload your gun!
Loaded Firearms can be Dangerous
Every time you pick up a firearm, open the action and check to see whether ammunition is present. When another person hands you a firearm, do not accept it unless the firearm is unloaded and the action is open. Treat the firearm as if it were loaded.
Don’t Rely On Your Gun’s “Safety”
- The safety serves as a supplement to proper gun handling but common sense is the key to safety. The safety on a gun is just like any piece of equipment, it could malfunction. So remember, just because you think the safety is on and operable, you should still be careful and perform your basic safety steps. Treat every gun as though it was loaded and can fire at any time.
Never place the safety in between positions, since half-safe is unsafe. Keep the safety “on” until you are absolutely ready to fire.
- Even if the safety is on, a quick blow or jar (dropping the gun) could actuate the firing mechanism. So, never put your gun in a position where it has the possibility of being dropped on the floor or ground. The only time you can be absolutely certain that a gun cannot fire is when the action is open and it is completely empty. Again, never rely on your gun’s safety to be the primary safety control.
Never touch the trigger on a firearm until you actually intend to shoot. Keep your fingers away from the trigger while loading or unloading. Never pull the trigger on any firearm with the safety on the “safe” position or anywhere in between “safe” and “fire.” It is possible that the gun can fire at any time, or even later when you release the safety, without your ever touching the trigger again. So remember, always handle firearms as if they were loaded.