Firearms safety begins with understanding and carefully following the rules of safe gun handling.
Before handling any firearm, familiarize yourself with these safety procedures:
Remember, nearly all firearms accidents in the home can be prevented simply by making sure that guns are kept unloaded and locked up, with ammunition secured in a separate location.
TEN TIPS FOR FIREARM SAFETY IN YOUR HOME
Always keep the firearm’s muzzle pointed in a safe direction. A “safe direction” means that the gun is pointed so that even if an accidental discharge occurred, it would not result in injury.
Always keep your finger off the trigger until you actually intend to shoot. When handling a gun, rest your finger outside the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Don’t touch the trigger until you are actually ready to fire.
Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use. Whenever you pick up a gun, such as when removing it from or returning it to storage, remember to point it in a safe direction and make sure it is unloaded.
Be sure you know how your firearm operates: read the manual on your firearm, know how to safely open and close the action of the firearm and know how to safely remove any ammunition from the firearm and its magazine.
Store your firearms in a locked cabinet, safe, gun vault or storage case when not in use, ensuring they are in a location inaccessible by children and cannot be handled by anyone without your permission.
Store your ammunition in a locked location separate from firearms.
Use a gun locking device that renders the firearm inoperable when not in use. A gun lock should be used as an additional safety precaution and not as a substitute for secure storage.
Make sure young people in your home are aware of and understand the safety guidelines concerning firearms. Have them sign the Project ChildSafe Pledge for young people—a reminder that if they find an unattended firearm in their home or a neighbor’s to not touch it, and tell an adult.
Always unload, clean and place your firearms in their secure storage location immediately after returning from a hunting trip or a day at the range.
Educate everyone in your family about firearms safety. Visit the Project ChildSafe website for safety information and to find out where to get a free firearm safety kit in your area.
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HUNTING CHECKLIST FOR FAMILIES
Hunting is a rich tradition, often passed down from family members to the next generation. The time may come when it’s your turn to introduce your children to this unique, exciting experience. Start by sharing stories about exploring the outdoors, outsmarting the game or even your first hunt; and please remember that safety should be part of every conversation about hunting and firearm use. The most important part of sharing this experience with your loved ones is ensuring they understand that proper precautions and responsible use of firearms can help make every hunting trip safe, fun and memorable.
Don’t know where to start? Use the following checklist as your guide:
❏ My hunting companions and I share a commitment to responsible, lawful and ethical hunting.
❏ My family and friends know where I’m going and when I’ll return from a hunting trip.
❏ My group is wearing hunter orange clothing to ensure that neither I nor anyone in my group is mistaken for game.
❏ I am carrying appropriate safety equipment, including:
❏ I unload a gun when climbing, crossing a fence, jumping across a stream or getting into or out of a vehicle.
❏ When hunting from a tree stand, I:
❏ I follow safety precautions before shooting by:
❏ After the hunt, I store firearms securely and safely out of the reach of children or other unauthorized individuals.
❏ I store ammunition separately from the gun when it’s not being used.
Firearm Safety Information curtesy of ProjectChildsafe.org.