Firearm Safety

By: Hunter B. and Frank Syzmanski

What's this about???

Having a gun for protection is a good way to keep your home protected. Even though, they can be dangerous to the user and people around them if they aren't used properly. Read up on ways to be safe around guns.

Stats for Gun Safety

1. It is estimated that 40 percent of all homes in the US have some type of firearm, of which one in four is a handgun.

2. Statistics show that up to 80 percent of first and second graders, who live in a home with a firearm, know where the firearm is kept.

3. Most unintentional firearm-related deaths among children occur in or around the home; 50 percent at the home of the victim, and 40 percent at the home of a friend or relative.

4. Approximately 3.3 million children in the US live in households with firearms that are, at times, kept loaded and unlocked.

5. African-American children, ages 14 and under, are twice as likely to die from an unintentional shooting than Caucasian children.

How can we change this?

Follow these 3 simple rules!!!!

1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.

2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.

3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. 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.

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Additional Rules

Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
Only BBs, pellets, cartridges or shells designed for a particular gun can be fired safely in that gun. Most guns have the ammunition type stamped on the barrel. Ammunition can be identified by information printed on the box and sometimes stamped on the cartridge. Do not shoot the gun unless you know you have the proper ammunition.

Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
Many factors must be considered when deciding where and how to store guns. A person's particular situation will be a major part of the consideration. Dozens of gun storage devices, as well as locking devices that attach directly to the gun, are available. However, mechanical locking devices, like the mechanical safeties built into guns, can fail and should not be used as a substitute for safe gun handling and the observance of all gun safety rules.