Owning a firearm can be a great way to protect you and your family, but this is not a toy. In the wrong hands, including someone who is not properly trained, any gun can be dangerous. This is why it is important that a person understands the fundamental rules for anyone who is going to handle handgun or rifle.
Keeping these fundamental rules in mind is important for any handgun or rifle owner. You want to feel safe with your weapon, but you also want to be safe with it. Knowing these fundamental rules will help you to be so.
#1 Treat All Guns as if They are Loaded
The most common accident that occurs with guns each year is because the person holding the gun thought that it was unloaded. It wasn’t just that they thought so – they were absolutely sure. This is why it is a good idea to treat all firearms in your possession as if they are loaded. When you do so, you will eliminate the risk of an accident.
#2 Only Point at What You Intend to Shoot
As mentioned before, a handgun or rifle is not a toy. This is a weapon that is intended to injure or destroy whatever it is aimed at. This is why you should never point a firearm at anything unless you are intending to shoot. If you are not intending to shoot something, the muzzle of the gun should always be pointed down or away from anything or anyone. This helps to eliminate the potential risk of you accidentally shooting somebody.
#3 Know What is Behind What You are Shooting
Before you fire at anything, you should be fully aware of what is directly behind that object or an extremely close proximity. There is no telling if the bullet you fire will go through the person or object you shoot, hitting what is behind that. This can mean that a person, pet, or personal property can be damaged or killed.
#4 Guns are Stupid!
This is a rule that is really about you being smart. A gun may be beautifully designed and constructed, but it can only do what you intended to do. The trigger doesn’t pull on its own. The gun doesn’t name it anyone without direction. It is really nothing more than an inanimate object.
What this means is that you have to be smart with your weapon. If you have a firearm in your hand, you have to keep in mind that it will only do that which you “instruct” it to do. If you pull the trigger, it will fire. You have to be smart ever you are handling one of these kinds of weapons.
#5 You Can’t Always Count on Your Gun Safety
This is an additional rule related to never pointing your weapon at anything you don’t intend to kill or destroy. Even if your weapon is on safety you cannot be sure that this mechanism works. You simply cannot point your weapon at another person or at some object in less you are intending to shoot at it. Never pull the trigger unless you are intending for the weapon to discharge, even if you are sure that safety is on.