GUN SAFETY ESSENTIALS

GUN SAFETY ESSENTIALS

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1TAC ESSENTIAL GUN SAFETY RULES

Recreation Shooting with Friends
Recreation Shooting with Friends

THE BASICS

Gun safety is everyone’s responsibility, no matter your age or ability level. If you see someone else violating the rules of safety—no matter who it is—you should speak up and get out of the situation immediately.

What you really need to know

Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting. “Why are you even mentioning this to me?” you may be asking. “I don’t drink or do drugs!” Well, even some legal drugs, like prescription medicine or over-the-counter remedies, can impair your ability to shoot safely. Read the label of any medication you take—and ask your doctor or pharmacist about possible side effects.

THE ABC’S

THE BASIC RULES OF GUN SAFETY

Make sure to keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. Definitely keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. Insure that the gun is unloaded until you are ready to use it. Never point the gun at anything you don’t intend to destroy.

The 12 Golden rules for Safe Gun Handling

  1. Treat the gun as loaded.
  2. Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  3. Definitely keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  4. Make sure to keep the gun unloaded until you are ready to use it.
  5. Never point the gun at anything you don’t intend to destroy.
  6. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  7. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the gun you are using.
  8. Check and use proper Ammunition.
  9. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before loading and shooting.
  10. If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, hold your shooting position for several seconds; then with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, carefully unload the gun.
  11. Don’t rely on the gun’s safety to keep it from firing.
  12. Be aware of your surroundings when handling guns so you don’t trip or lose your balance and accidentally point and/or fire the gun at anyone or anything.
Keeping your family safe with gun education
Keeping your family safe with gun education

GUN SAFETY FOR KIDS

As an overprotective modern parent who gets nervous when my kids ride bicycles to a friend’s house, I would not teach my children to hunt if I thought it were dangerous. Better they have a gun in their hands, than, say, a skateboard. Hunting and shooting have low accident rates precisely because we place so much emphasis on gun safety. Although hunting should be fun, teaching kids to be safe shooters doesn’t call for much sense of humor. Treat the topic seriously, and children will respond to the gravity in your voice.

 

5 RULES THAT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

NO. 1: DEMYSTIFY GUNS

Young boys, especially, find guns fascinating. Keeping guns forbidden and mysterious only increases their allure. Let your kids handle your guns with your permission and under your supervision. Show them how to check whether the chamber and magazine are empty. Let them point the gun in a safe direction. Teach them now that the only time they are ever to touch a trigger is when they want the gun to go off.

Take them to the gun club, where they will see targets smashed to bits. Show them the bloody holes your guns put into the animals you bring home. A friend likes to impress new shooters with the power of firearms by shooting a cantaloupe at 10 paces with a 12-gauge. The distinction between real and toy guns will be as clear as the difference between real and toy cars.

 

NO. 2: GIVE THEM A BB GUN

Owning a BB gun can teach children good safety habits or bad ones. Kids of my generation roamed the woods with Red Ryders and no parental supervision. There’s a better way. Give a child a BB gun a year or so before he or she is ready to start shooting .22s and 20-gauges. Store it with your guns and make a point of treating it like a real gun—which it is. Let your young hunter bring it along, unloaded, on short hunts with you. Insist that he carry it with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Pack a few BBs along for some safe target shooting at the end of the day.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

NO. 3: SPEND TIME AT THE RANGE

The more often you take your children shooting, the more practiced they’ll become in handling guns safely. At the range, insist that muzzles point up, down, or downrange—always. Keep control of the ammunition yourself, and dole out shells one at a time. Kids will be scrupulously careful about muzzle control until they fire a shot. In the excitement of hearing the gun go off, they will turn to you, swinging the gun, or drop it down so it points at their toes. If the gun is empty, it’s a teachable moment, not a potential tragedy. Insist on eye and ear protection, and emphasize its importance by always wearing it yourself.

 

NO. 4: PICK FIRST HUNTS CAREFULLY

Your first real hunts should be for squirrels, waterfowl, deer, turkeys, or doves, sedentary hunts where the game comes to you. Leave your own gun at home. Sit right with your hunter, whispering advice and giving the go-ahead to take the safety off and shoot. Save upland hunting for last. It requires walking with a loaded gun for long periods as well as split-second shoot-or-don’t-shoot decisions.

MOST IMPORTANT

NO. 5: LEAD BY EXAMPLE

You’re trying to instill lifelong safety habits, and nothing you say speaks as loudly as your own actions when you and your child hunt together. Handle your own guns with extra emphasis on safety. While we’re at it, boats, ATVs, tree stands, and motor vehicles can be just as deadly as guns if used carelessly. Your young hunter will learn all about them by watching you.

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A NOBLE PLACE FOR FIREARMS

In the great din of the national firearms debate it’s easy to lose sight of the noble and respectable place firearms hold and have always held in American life. While some gun use in America is criminal and despicable, other applications appeal to the highest ideals our society cherishes, and are enshrined in and ensured by the statutes on the books:

  • Protecting your family in emergencies

  • Personal safety and self defense

  • Preventing and deterring crimes

  • Detaining criminals for arrest

  • Guarding our national borders

  • Preserving our interests abroad

  • Helping defend our allies

  • Overcoming tyranny

  • International trade

  • Emergency preparedness

  • Commerce and employment

  • Historical preservation and study

  • Obtaining food by hunting

  • Olympic competition

  • Collecting

  • Sporting pursuits

  • Target practice

  • Recreational shooting

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