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Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety


The U.S. Department of the Interior announced “a new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that shows that 101.6 million Americans—40 percent of the U.S. population 16 years old and older—participated in wildlife-related activities in 2016, such as hunting, fishing, and wildlife-watching. The survey illustrates gains in wildlife watching—particularly around the home—and fishing, with moderate declines in the number of hunters nationally. The findings reflect a continued interest in engaging in the outdoors. These activities are drivers behind an economic powerhouse, where participants spent $156 billion—the most in the last 25 years, adjusted for inflation”.

With 101.6 million Americans getting ready for the Fall hunting season around the United States, it is important to implement firearm safety to avoid accidents and harm to self and others.

Here are the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety:

  1. Watch muzzle
    Keep it pointed in a safe direction at all times. This is the PRIMARY rule of gun safety.
  2. Firearm respect
    Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded gun. It might be loaded, even if you think it isn’t.
  3. Target awareness
    Know your target and what is in front of it and all around it. Check out your backstop. Don’t shoot at water, flat or hard surface.
  4. Trigger Guard
    Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot which will prevent an accidental discharge. When holding a gun, rest your finger alongside the frame and outside the trigger guard. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.
  1. Check your barrel and ammunition
    Make sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions, and carry only the proper ammunition for your firearm.
  2. Unload firearms
    Make sure to unload firearms when not in use. Leave actions open, and carry firearms in cases and unloaded to and from the shooting area. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.
  1. Point only when shooting
    Point a firearm only at something you intend to shoot. Avoid any horseplay with a gun.
  2. Don’t jump, climb or run with a loaded firearm
    Unload a firearm before you climb a fence or tree, or jump a ditch. Pull a firearm toward you by the butt, not the muzzle.
  1. Store firearms and ammunition separately
    Store each in secured locations beyond the reach of children and careless adults.
  2. 10.No alcohol around shooting
    Avoid alcohol and mind-altering medicines or drugs before and during shooting.

Enjoy hunting and stay safe!

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