With the rise in gun-related accidents, awareness, and demands for gun control, it’s more important than ever that gun owners avoid accidents with their guns, and practice gun safety. More and more Americans are calling for stricter gun laws and if gun owners are not responsible, at some point, the government will eventually submit to the demands of the public. So as a gun owner what can you do to practice gun safety and avoid gun-related accidents?
Here’s how to practice gun-safety to avoid accidents:
- Guns are ALWAYS loaded – Even if you know for a fact your gun isn’t loaded, you should treat it as if it is. Don’t be lazy with the amount of care with which you handle your gun because there’s always the chance that you could be wrong, and the gun is loaded, and if you’re lazy in your handling of the gun, when it isn’t loaded, you’ll be lazy in your care of the gun. Finally, people around you won’t know that the gun isn’t loaded. Perception is reality.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire – The trigger is for firing the gun, not for resting your trigger finger between shots. If you need to rest your trigger finger between shots you can use the trigger guard or the body of the gun. If your finger is resting on the trigger it is too easy to pull it and shoot something by accident.
- Never point your gun at something you are unwilling to destroy – We could go over a list of things that you probably don’t want to destroy – walls, windows, pets, appliances – but the point of this rule is to never point your gun at people. Don’t point your gun in the general direction of people or at objects with people in or behind them. Keep your gun pointed in a safe direction (usually straight up or straight down) at all times.
These are only three basic rules that you can follow for gun safety, but they may be three of the most important. Always be smart with your gun. If you are, you will avoid accidents and will probably never be involved in any gun-related accidents. If you have any further questions, or are in need of legal advice or representation, please contact Bryan Caulfield at 1-800-535-2925.