Even after getting licensed to own a firearm, practicing safety for you and the people around you as you use your gun is vital. In this piece, we go back to the basic rules of safe gun handling.
Rule number 1
ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. Many people think this is self-explanatory, but it’s not. So safe direction is any place you point your gun out, and nobody will be hurt should it blow it up.
If you don’t have a safe direction in your home, you can set up a series of books on a bookshelf, so when you’re practicing, and the gun goes off, the round will be stopped before it creates any damage.
Rule number 2
ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. The best place to keep your finger when holding a gun is on the gun’s frame. While you may think the frame is a great place because it’s easy, it serves a purpose.
When you make the firearm an extension of your finger, if a threat ever occurs, all you’ve got to do is point at the bad guy, and you’re pretty much spot-on than when the finger was not on the frame.
This rule also prevents accidental firing, which could be fatal.
Rule number 3
ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use. This doesn’t mean if your gun is unloaded and you get attacked, you will tell the bad guy to wait until you load it. If that gun is on your hip, in your purse, vehicle, or home for emergency cases, it is in use. Just because it’s not in your hand or you’re not actively shooting it on a range doesn’t mean you’re not using it.
That means it should be unloaded if the gun is not in use or put away somewhere in a safe or closet.
For a firearm accident to happen, you have to break all three rules.
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