The Ten Primary Rules of Firearm Safety

Hunting incidents don’t just happen. They are caused by carelessness or ignorance of safety rules. The following Firearm Safety Rules are basic rules that all firearm owners should know and follow.

1. Treat every firearm as if it were loaded. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

2. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire. Use your safety…but remember that safeties sometimes fail!
3. Be sure of your target and what lies beyond it before firing.
4. Never place or carry a loaded firearm in or on a motor vehicle.

Most firearm-related hunting incidents could be prevented if everybody followed the ten simple rules of firearm safety.

5. Never use a firearm unless you are familiar with how it works.

If you need an owner’s manual for your firearm, write to the firearm manufacturer. Make sure you receive training and/or read the owner’s manual before handling any new firearm. Do not handle a firearm without the owner’s permission.

6. Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.

7. Never cross a fence, climb a tree, cross a stream, or jump a ditch with a loaded firearm.

8. Never point a firearm at anything you do not want to shoot. Never shoot at a flat, hard surface or water.

9. Unload firearms when they are not in use. Store firearms and ammunition separately.

10. Never use alcohol or drugs before or during shooting.


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