General Gun Safety: Rules When Handling A Firearm

In the two linked guides, we went into detail about the dangers of not following this rule and provided information to find the best safety equipment. At this point, you’re probably starting to notice how these rules work together, potentially preventing a disaster if you break another one. NEVER TACKLE SOMETHING you don’t want to destroy with a gun, but if you do it accidentally and your finger is off the trigger, you’re less likely to shoot that thing.

While there are no universal standards for designing or testing trigger locks, some jurisdictions, such as the state of California, maintain a list of approved trigger lock devices. In Canada, a trigger lock is one of the conceal carry training methods prescribed by law to secure a firearm during transportation or storage. Know how the firearm works, including safely opening and closing the firearm’s action and removing ammunition from the weapon or magazine.

Once a gun fires, you’ve given up all control over where the shot is going or what it’s going to hit. Don’t shoot unless you know exactly what your shot is going to hit. Make sure your bullet doesn’t injure anyone or anything outside your target. Shooting at a movement or sound without being absolutely sure what you are shooting is a disregard for the safety of others. No target is so important that you can’t take the time before pulling the trigger to be absolutely sure of your goal and where your shot will stop.

No matter where you stand on the issue, everyone can agree that gun safety is something that should be taken seriously. Before firing a gun for the first time, you should be fully aware of its unique properties and how to deal with it. Find out how to load and unload a weapon, how to lock it, how to carry it, and what to expect in terms of recoil.

Responsible gun ownership means learning and practicing behaviors that help prevent unnecessary injury, death, and theft. Only BBs, pellets, cartridges, or projectiles designed for a particular weapon can be safely fired into that gun. Most weapons have the type of ammunition stamped on the barrel.

Many factors need to be considered when deciding where and how weapons should be stored. A person’s specific situation will be an important part of the consideration. Dozens of weapon storage devices, as well as locking devices that connect directly to the gun, are available. However, mechanical locking devices, such as mechanical restraints built into weapons, may fail and should not be used as a substitute for safe handling of weapons and compliance with all weapons safety rules. Keep your gun unloaded until you’re ready to use it.