The topic of guns inspires heated debate just about anywhere you go. But no matter where you stand on the complicated issues of gun laws, you’ll agree there is a need for gun safety.
Here are some reminders about basic gun-handling safety if you use firearms or ever encounter them:
Treat every gun as if it were loaded. The muzzle must always be pointed in a safe direction.
Store and carry guns unloaded. Do not load a gun until you are ready to use it. Do not carry a loaded gun unless you are actually ready to fire it.
Never rely on your gun’s safety device to prevent a gun from firing. This mechanical device is not a substitute for safe gun handling.
Don’t point a firearm at something you do not intend to shoot.
Do not fire unless you are totally sure of your target and also what is beyond it. Bullets can travel through walls and other obstacles. If a bullet strikes a flat, hard surface or even water, it can ricochet in an unexpected direction.
Store guns and ammunition separately, in locked locations. Guns should be kept out of sight and in a place children cannot reach.
Take a firearms safety course if you use a gun or live in a home where guns are kept.
Countless deaths have occurred because of supposedly empty weapons. Always assume a gun is loaded.