Never play around with guns. When handled carelessly, guns are dangerous and can easily harm you or those around you.
Safety should always come first when handling any gun. Whether you are a first-time gun owner or note, there are safety precautions that should be observed when using a firearm. There are quite a number of rules that deal with gun safety. The following article will give you an in-depth look at the safety rules that were put into place by the National Rifle Association.
- Ensure that the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction
This is the first rule of gun safety. Do not point a gun at something you do not intend to shoot. This is to be observed highly especially when loading or unloading a gun. When the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction, no injury is caused in case if an unintentional discharge.
It is quite easy to identify a safe direction whereby the most important factor to consider is the possibility of the bullet not hitting anyone. You also be aware that bullets can puncture walls or ceilings. As a result, the safe direction of the muzzle could either be upwards or downwards. Additionally, pay attention to your surroundings, and you will automatically know the safest direction. Never point a gun at anyone who isn’t your target.
You are responsible for every bullet you fire. Ensure you are always aware of the direction you point your gun towards.
- Keep your gun unloaded when not using it
When not using your firearm, it should be kept in a safe place. The gun and the ammunition should be kept separately at all times. The most secure place is out of children’s reach and unauthorized hands.
As soon as you are done using your firearm, unload it. Always confirm that your gun is unloaded when picking it from someone else. Double check that the gun does not contain any ammunition. This shows that you have enough experience as a gun owner.
- Do not trust the gun’s safety feature
A gun can fire at any time, treat it that way. The safety feature on a firearm can fail to work since it is mechanical. Moreover, you can mistake the safety for being off when its actually on. Never assume that a gun cannot fire simply because the safety is on. The safety feature is there to increase proper handling of a firearm and not replace common sense.
Additionally, avoid placing your finger in the trigger unless you have a target. When loading and unloading your gun, ensure that your fingers are nowhere close. Only turn the safety off when intending to shoot at a target.
It is important to avoid placing your gun next to any object since it may fall and create enough force to discharge. You can only be sure that a gun cannot fire when it has no ammunition at all.
Do not be afraid of observing gun safety. Assist anyone who may have trouble handling a gun safely to ensure that no life is lost. Remember, gun safety begins with you.