Gun safety is the single most important thing to learn when handling firearms. From shooting AR-15s with all the latest accessories, to Gucci Glocks at the range, from novice shooters to experienced marksmen, the fundamentals never change. Following these four rules can help keep you and those around you safe. So, what are the four basic rules of gun safety? Let’s cover them below!
1. Treat all guns as if they are loaded.
Though it may seem like common sense, it is important to always treat firearms as if they were loaded. Whether you are handling your own gun or someone else’s, always assume that the weapon is ready to fire. This will help to prevent accidental discharge, which can result in serious injury or even death. Many accidents occur because people fail to follow this simple rule. Inattention or carelessness can lead to disaster, so always handle firearms with the utmost caution and respect. By treating all guns as if they were loaded, you can help to ensure a safe environment for yourself and others.
2. Never point a gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
This rule is closely related to the first one. Just as you should always assume that firearms are loaded, you should also never point them at anything that you are not prepared to shoot. Accidents can happen when guns are pointed carelessly, even if they are not loaded. Always keep the muzzle of your gun pointed in a safe direction, and be aware of what is behind your target in case of a missed shot.
3. Know your target and what is beyond it.
Before you pull the trigger, it is important to know what you are shooting at and what is beyond your target. Make sure that you have a clear line of sight and that there is no one or nothing behind your target that could be harmed by a stray bullet. It is also important to be aware of your surroundings so that you can avoid ricochet bullets. By taking the time to identify your target and what is beyond it, you can help to prevent accidents.
4. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
It is important to keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot for a number of reasons. First, if your finger is on the trigger and you slip or fall, you may accidentally discharge your weapon and injure yourself or someone else. Second, keeping your finger off the trigger helps to prevent accidental discharge if you are bumped or jostled. Finally, it is simply a good safety practice to get into the habit of keeping your finger off the trigger until you have made the decision to fire.
In short, these four basic gun safety rules are essential for preventing accidents and injuries. Always remember to treat all guns as if they are loaded, never point a gun at anything you are not willing to destroy, know your target and what is beyond it, and keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. While it is important to remember these four rules, they are not a substitute for training. Gun safety should always be taken seriously and practiced often. Remember, gun safety is everyone’s responsibility. If you have any questions or need more information on how to safely handle firearms, please visit your local shooting range or contact the National Rifle Association (NRA). Thanks for reading and stay safe out there.