We recently wrote about the NRA’s rules for Gun Safety here, and now we have the NRA’s rules for safely storing a gun in your home and elsewhere. This is especially important to know about in preventing accidental gun violence – especially among minors and children.Take heed when reading this and remember to be careful. One step to make sure you take is to ensure that you have an adequate gun safe in your home or office. There are simple and easy ways to avoid accidents – just make sure you take the necessary precautions so that something terrible doesn’t happen to you or your family.
When using or storing a gun, always follow these NRA rules:
Know your target and what is beyond. Be absolutely sure you have identified your target beyond any doubt. Equally important, be aware of the area beyond your target. This means observing your prospective area of fire before you shoot. Never fire in a direction in which there are people or any other potential for mishap. Think first. Shoot second.
Know how to use the gun safely. Before handling a gun, learn how it operates. Know its basic parts, how to safely open and close the action and remove any ammunition from the gun or magazine. Remember, a gun’s mechanical safety device is never foolproof. Nothing can ever replace safe gun handling.
Be sure the gun is safe to operate. Just like other tools, guns need regular maintenance to remain operable. Regular cleaning and proper storage are a part of the gun’s general upkeep. If there is any question concerning a gun’s ability to function, a knowledgeable gunsmith should look at it.
Use only the correct ammunition for your gun. Only BBs, pellets, cartridges or shells designed for a particular gun can be fired safely in that gun. Most guns have the ammunition type stamped on the barrel. Ammunition can be identified by information printed on the box and sometimes stamped on the cartridge. Do not shoot the gun unless you know you have the proper ammunition.
Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate. Guns are loud and the noise can cause hearing damage. They can also emit debris and hot gas that could cause eye injury. For these reasons, shooting glasses and hearing protectors should be worn by shooters and spectators.
Never use alcohol or over-the-counter, prescription or other drugs before or while shooting. Alcohol, as well as any other substance likely to impair normal mental or physical bodily functions, must not be used before or while handling or shooting guns.
Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons. Many factors must be considered when deciding where and how to store guns. A person’s particular situation will be a major part of the consideration. Dozens of gun storage devices, as well as locking devices that attach directly to the gun, are available. However, mechanical locking devices, like the mechanical safeties built into guns, can fail and should not be used as a substitute for safe gun handling and the observance of all gun safety rules.
Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.
Cleaning Regular cleaning is important in order for your gun to operate correctly and safely. Taking proper care of it will also maintain its value and extend its life. Your gun should be cleaned every time that it is used.
A gun brought out of prolonged storage should also be cleaned before shooting. Accumulated moisture and dirt, or solidified grease and oil, can prevent the gun from operating properly.
Before cleaning your gun, make absolutely sure that it is unloaded.The gun’s action should be open during the cleaning process. Also, be sure that no ammunition is present in the cleaning area
There is a lot of talk about gun safety. There are talking heads on both sides shouting rhetoric; lobbyists from the NRA and those who disagree with the Right to Bear arms entirely; politicians from both sides of the aisles angling for their political careers and voters wishes.
If nothing else, Gun Control debate is complex and nuanced. On one hand, EVERYONE wants to protect the safety of innocents and children. On the other hand, the United States is founded on the right of its citizens to Bear Arms (as we wrote about here). The issue isn’t really whether or not we, as Americans, should be able to own and operate a gun (that’s a given right since 1791), but rather how we can control the sale, storage, and use of guns in the marketplace for the safest use possible.
Gun control debates have taken center stage in light of recent school shootings. The Columbine High School Massacre brought gun control to the forefront of public knowledge in 1999 when two students killed 13 people (not including themselves) on a horrible rampage. The teens obtained the guns from a friend of theirs who purchases the guns from an unlicensed seller. The teens were too young to legally obtain any of the numerous the guns they used, so how did they get them? And what could have been done to prevent the massacre?
The United States has enacted several laws aimed at preventing just these illegal actions from happening. There is really no telling if these laws are working or not, but you can do your part to help curb this sort of senseless violence.
Legally obtain guns – make sure that your gun dealer goes through all the proper channels when you try to buy a gun. Background checks, permits, waiting periods, the whole thing. If your dealer doesn’t, report them to the police. You could prevent the unlawful sale of a gun to a minor or to an unsafe individual.
Gun locks – these are especially important to prevent young children from setting off a gun unintentionally.
Gun safes – forget about sleeping with a loaded gun in your bedside table. There are far too many accidents that happen to people and families who don’t take great precautions with gun storage. The only good answer is a reputable gun safe. Gun safes ensure that your guns will be kept out of the hands of children and unauthorized adults
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