Firearm Safety Rules:
These are based on standard range rules
- Always treat a gun as if it were loaded until you visually check
Never point your firearm in any direction you do not intend to shoot. In particular, never point your gun in the direction of other people.
Always have your gun pointed in a safe direction.
Before handling a firearm, understand how it works.
Do not assume that a gun is secure, i.e. some guns have excellent security systems to prevent accidental firing (e.g. when dropped), others don't.
Do not put your finger on the trigger unless you are ready to shoot.
Keep your firearm unloaded when you are not using it.
Never pass your firearm to anybody until you have checked that it is unloaded.
If you have to carry your gun loaded, always point it in a safe direction (e.g. the ground). Never carry your gun with the hammer cocked.
You should store your firearm and ammunition in separate locked places. Pay particular attention that no child has access to the gun.
Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
Do not fire warning shots
If you own a gun for home defense, most of these safety rules will be violated. However in some countries, home defense can be important. You will then probably store your gun loaded in a place that you can quickly reach if you feel you are threatened. In this case, be really sure that it is unaccessible to children. Buy then the safest possible gun for this purpose.
By Mischa (E-Mail Mischa ) and Kitsune (E-Mail Kitsune).
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