The four basic rules of firearms (handgun, or long gun) are:
- Treat all firearms as if they are LOADED. Until you have personally visually, and physically inspected it yourself. TWICE.
- Only point a firearm at what you intend to shoot. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times.
- Keep your finger off the trigger, and outside the trigger guard, until you are sure of your target, and you have made a decision to fire.
- Be sure of your target, what is behind, or beyond your target before you fire. You can never take it back, or do it over.
- There are no shortcuts to firearms safety, follow these basic rules, and think Safety First.
The N.R.A. has a slightly modified variation on this theme, it is as follows:
N.R.A. Three Rules of Firearm Safety:
- Always point the gun in a safe direction.
- Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
- Always keep the firearm unloaded until you are ready to use it.
These safety rules should be a guide in safe gun handling practices.
- The first step in the safety process starts with training. If you own a firearm you have to understand your rights, and with those rights come responsibilities.
- Read the manual supplied with your firearm. Then get professional training. Oregon Security Training is dedicated to providing that training for you.
- If you are not familiar with firearms, and you see a gun lying around, DO NOT TOUCH IT. Find someone who can help, and keep others away from it. Handling firearms by persons who are not properly trained or are careless is the primary cause of negligent discharges (accidents).
Be Safe Out There!