Proper Firearm Handling

When handling firearms you should:

  • Treat all firearms as if loaded.

  • Always point the firearm in a safe direction.

  • Never point a firearm in the direction of anyone or anything you don't want to shoot.

  • Never put your finger on the trigger until ready to shoot.

  • Know your target and what is behind your target.

  • Know the firearm and its mechanical characteristics.

  • Never rely on the firearm's safety.

  • Use the correct gauge or caliber ammunition.

  • Never handle a firearm during or after using alcohol or drugs.

  • Be sure the barrel is not obstructed before shooting.

  • Wear eye and ear protection.

  • Store firearms unloaded and in a way to prevent unauthorized use.

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