Firearms safety is of utmost importance when handling firearms. Following firearms safety rules can help prevent accidents and keep everyone safe. Here are the four basic firearms safety rules:
- Treat every firearm as if it is loaded
Always assume that a firearm is loaded, even if you believe it is not. Never point a firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy. Keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction at all times.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot
Never put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot. Keep your finger outside the trigger guard and alongside the frame of the firearm until you are ready to fire.
- Keep the firearm unloaded until you are ready to use it
Only load a firearm when you are ready to use it. Unload the firearm when you are finished using it. Keep firearms and ammunition stored separately and securely to prevent unauthorized access.
- Know your target and what is beyond it
Before firing a shot, be aware of your target and what is beyond it. Make sure you have a clear line of sight to your target and that there are no people or objects in the path of the bullet.
In addition to these basic firearms safety rules, it is important to receive proper firearms training and to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use and maintenance of the firearm. By following these firearms safety rules and practicing safe firearms handling habits, you can help ensure that everyone remains safe while enjoying firearms responsibly.