We all know the four basic rules of gun safety but there’s more to it than just that. Learn the ten commandments of gun safety here! Since the invention of gunpowder, guns have been developed and helped in keeping the peace but at times it’s also been proven to wage war. Guns, when wielded by careless people, can be a very dangerous weapon. But for the learned hunter, it can be a very effective hunting tool. Educating oneself about gun safety should never be skipped.
The Ten Commandments Of Rifle And Gun Safety
If you think that there are only four rules to gun safety, think again. There are numerous possibilities where a gun proves to be deadly, not only to other people, but to the hunter who wields it as well. Take the time to learn the ten commandments of rifle and gun safety to be sure you’re always handling your firearm the right way.
1 Assume Every Gun Is Loaded
Even when you know the gun is not loaded, always assume that it is. You never know when your mind will play tricks on you so to be safe, never handle a gun carelessly.
2 Always Point The Gun In A Safe Direction
Guns are known to misfire from time to time and when that happens, at least there’s no one there to get shot.
3 Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Unless You’re Ready To Shoot
To avoid accidentally pulling the trigger while the muzzle is pointed at another person, keep your finger away from the trigger unless you’re sure of your target.
4 Be Sure Of Your Target And Beyond
You must always account for the things behind your target. Bullets can make exit holes on deer and other targets, especially for high caliber firearms and still have enough momentum to harm other people or animals.
5 Proper Gun Storage
Storing the gun and ammunition in different locations is a good practice and should always be followed.
6 Use The Right Ammunition
Using the wrong caliber ammunition messes up the mechanism within the rifle. To lengthen the lifespan of your gun and prevent accidents, use the right ammunition for your firearm.
7 In Case The Rifle Fails To Fire, Handle It With Care
After pulling the trigger and nothing happens, the gun becomes very dangerous. Just like a bomb that failed to explode, the gun can fire any second so it’s best to handle it with care.
8 Don’t Move Carelessly When Carrying A Firearm
It’s not advisable to run, climb, or even move around when carrying a loaded gun. Even hunters use pulleys to bring their guns to their tree stands.
9 Don’t Tinker With Your Gun Unless You’re A Gunsmith
Unless you’re a professional gunsmith, there’s no need to tinker around with your gun. If you try to mess with the precise manner it has been assembled, it may not function as desired and leave you with an inaccurate gun.
10 Do Not Use A Gun When Under The Influence Of Drugs And/Or Alcohol
Finally, the most important commandment is here: never handle a gun when you’re drunk or high like the two drunk fellows on the picture. We all know that in such state, we’re bound to make very stupid decisions. Add the sloppiness to that, and you’re the idiot with a gun who can kill someone.
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Showing a photo which violates the commandment is a poor way to make your point (see #5).
Yes, I thought the same thing, poor example, contradicted the commandments!
Missed an important point “Get/Be familiar with any firearm before handling”.
Oh yeah, store your gun and ammunition in different places, then you can ask the guy that just broke into your house to help you find it! And, unless you have a safe for each component, there will be a lot of destruction in the event of a fire. Who the hell wrote this, Gov. Andrew Cuomo?
I’ve read several articles written by law enforcement and military members who suggest keeping guns in different places throughout the house, so in case of a break in, a gun will be available for you. I’ve given this some thought, and it would be ill advised if you have children in the home, and it may be a necessity if you were a drug dealer or an under cover agent, or CIA, even FBI, but a salesman, and father of four, it would be very irresponsible!
I totally agree that you must be ultra-careful when you have children in, or around your house. You probably should have a fingerprint activated gun safe for your pistols. Personally, our children are out of the house and on their own, so at night I keep one in the armoire in our bedroom and one locked in the desk in my office; that way I always have one fairly close at hand. Otherwise I am carrying. I was referring to the separation of gun and ammo, which to me seems a little contrary as to why you keep the gun in the house in the first place.