There are 4 Rules of Gun Safety that has to be followed 100% of the time. When the principles are followed accidents can be minimized. Being a gun owner means that you have committed to knowing these rules and living them. Responsible gun ownership means learning and practicing behaviors that will help prevent needless harm, death, and theft.

#1 Treat all guns as if they are constantly loaded.

A person who properly inspects and shows that a gun to be clear before further handling is viewed as a responsible and educated participant in the scope. Take some time to take care of every firearm which you come in contact with as though it COULD be loaded. Never presume that someone has handed you an unloaded weapon. Take the time required to determine safely inspect the firearm yourself before moving on. Never take into your possession a firearm which you are unfamiliar believing that you could fiddle with it till you figure it out. You’ll never be wrong to request assistance and a demo of safe and proper usage of that firearm.

#2 Never allow the muzzle cover anything that you’re not willing to destroy.

Situational awareness is crucial to firearm safety. Before you make contact with the firearm consider your surroundings and determine your protected direction. If you’re at an indoor or outdoor range and are unsure, ask. It is your responsibility to ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction 100 percent of the time if you are setting up on your work area, loading, reloading, shooting, showing clear, or laying the firearm down on the seat. When walking with or hauling a long gun muzzle is Up or Down and the firearm is unloaded. If you’re unsure about your range’s rules for transport, casing/uncasing your own firearm with regard to muzzle direction, inquire.

#3 Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target and you have made the decision to shoot.

Trigger finger discipline is a learned skill and is extremely important to keeping the safe condition of the firearm at all times. Your”Trigger Finger” must eventually become your”Safety Finger.” From the instant, you make physical contact with the firearm your finger has to be kept straight and break along the side of the framework. Through all administrative actions, such as, but not limited to, selecting up, loading, reloading, repairing malfunctions, unloading or resting in many different ready positions your finger is in this indexed position along the framework. Only when it’s suitable to shoot, your sights are on target and you’ve made the choice to shoot which you can move your finger out of it’s indexed position onto the trigger.

#4 Be sure of your target and what lies outside it.

You’re responsible for everything that around you take comes in touch with. This usually means another big dose of situational awareness BEFORE you make the choice to shoot! Consider the height of your target and the angle at which you will take it. If the round would make an impact through you intended goal and affect something aside from a bullet secure berm, trap or secure zone then you are obligated not to take the shot. This means never point or fire ar anything you can not clearly identify as a target or that could be a danger if your bullet strays, ricochets, or over penetrates.

Bonus Rule: Always Secure Your Firearm from Allergic Individuals.

Store your firearms so they aren’t available to unauthorized persons. This includes friends, kids, welcomed guests, or unwelcome visitors, like criminals in your property.

The Rules of Firearm Safety are so significant that A Girl & A Gun shows them all of the time: on your own membership card, on its website, on Facebook, etc.. We never get tired of reviewing them and neither will you!

Additional Security Rules

Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
Wear ear and eye protection, as appropriate.
Be aware that certain kinds of guns and shooting activities require additional safety measures.
Regularly service and keep your firearm.

Make an Active Participant in Safety!

Visiting a new variety? Take some time to assess the range’s safety rules and ask any questions before participating. This is also true for different shooting sport events, which may have event rules for where, when, and how you are allowed to handle your firearm. There can also be specific rules for audiences also. It’s always a fantastic idea to examine the rules beforehand to ensure your experience at the range is secure and enjoyable.

Know Yourself

If you are feeling confused, unsure, overwhelmed, or uncomfortable, choose to opt-out of shooting. If you feel that the course of fire, target placement, or speed of this drill could result in your potentially breaking any of those Firearm Safety Rules, it is your responsibility to not take the shot. If at any time during a class, event, or practice session you discover that you’re unsure that your activities could become unsafe give yourself permission to PAUSE! You and only you are at 100% control of this firearm in your possession. Know yourself and be prepared enough to stay in charge of your ideas, emotions, and activities. An individual who can remain in control of their firearm to keep the protection of all is someone who’s greatly admired in a range. Shooting is fun, safe, and a place that you invest in yourself.