Proper Firearm Handling Instructions

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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