The importance of the safe use and handling of firearms is repeatedly stressed with the number of firearm accidents increasing by the day. In this connection, Gunforest has come out with a list of safety tips for firearm owners. this website has loads of information on firearm safety and precautions. Click here to know more on how to keep firearms at home. The NSSF President and CEO, Steve Sanetti says that firearm accidents can be prevented when simple precautions are taken at home. Those who own firearms should understand the responsibility and respects its security.
Firearms Safety Tips
Firearm muzzle should be pointed towards a non-controversial direction. This means that there should be no injury even when the trigger is pulled accidentally.
Never put your finger on the trigger unless you aim to shoot. While holding a gun, never put your finger in the trigger guard or keep it alongside the gun. Never go close to the trigger unless there is a need to fire.
When not in use, the bullets have to be removed. Keep two things in mind while picking the gun from storage or putting it back into storage, one, it should be unloaded and two, it should be placed in the safe position.
Before operating the firearm make sure that you go through the manual. Learn how to open and shut the firearm safely. Also, learn how to remove the ammunition safely from the gun and its related magazine.
Firearms should be stored under lock and key. There are gun safe vaults available that can be used as a storage option. Ensure that the gun safes are in an inaccessible location, far away from children and those who are incapable of handling a gun. Strictly no one should have access to the firearm storage without the permission of the owner.
The ammunition should be stored separately from the firearms.
There are locking devices that leave the firearm unserviceable when it is locked. It is added safety precaution that and cannot be considered a replacement for storage lockers.
Educate the youngsters at home on the safety strategy of firearms. Let them take the “Project Child Safe Pledge” for young people. It is to reminder them that when they come in contact with an unattended gun, they should stay away from it and inform an adult at home immediately.
While placing the firearm in their storage location, ensure it is clean, unloaded and in a safe position.
Firearm safety is the responsibility of the whole family. Ensure every member of the family is aware of this and there should be no compromise in this regard.
The SAFE Summer stands for Securing your firearms when idle, being Aware of people around you who are not eligible to access guns, Focusing on the responsibilities as the owner of the gun and Educating self and others on the safety and secure handling of firearms and its storage. The campaign lays focus on creating awareness among firearm owners and reinstating their responsibilities. Make sure you follow all the above tips so that any firearm accidents are avoided in all aspects. Stay safe!