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Four Universal Safety Rules
  • Treat ALL guns as though they are loaded, and ALWAYS preform a clearance check every time you pick up a firearm!Most firearm accidents occur with firearms that the user thought was unloaded. You can never be too cautious when handling a firearm. ALWAYS make sure you perform a clearance check to prevent an accident from happening.
  • Never point your firearm at anything that you are not willing to destroy!Your gun has to point somewhere, so make sure that somewhere is in a safe direction. A safe direction means that the firearm is pointed so that even if it were to discharge it would not cause injury or damage. A safe direction could vary depending on the circumstances. Be aware of where the front end of the firearm is pointed at all times.
  • Keep your finger OFF the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are on target and have made the decision to shoot!Your gun has to point somewhere, so make sure that somewhere is in a safe direction. A safe direction means that the When you hold a firearm, you should NEVER put your finger on the trigger until you are on target and are ready to fire. This is an extremely important rule!
  • Always be sure of your target and what is beyond it!t!Be 100 percent sure that you know your target and what is beyond your target. Depending on your firearm and ammunition, the bullet has the potential to travel a great distance. Observe the area before you shoot. Make sure there are not people or anything you are not willing to destroy behind your target.
Additional Safety Considerations
  • Educate others on the four Universal Safety Rules.
  • Prior to handling any firearm, know how to operate it safely.
  • Never depend on mechanical devices in place of the four Universal Safety Rules.
  • Know how to clear (unload) both revolvers and semi-automic pistols.
  • When handing a firearm to someone else, the action should be open.
  • Use the correct ammunition for your firearm.
  • Never use alcohol or drugs prior to or while handling firearms
  • Removing the magazine from a semi-automatic pistol will not remove the round that has been chambered
  • Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.
  • Never shoot at a hard, flat surface; water; or objects that can cause a shot to ricochet.
  • Store guns and ammunition so they are not accessible to minors.
  • Always wear eye and ear protection and follow all range safety rules.
DEA Agent Shoots Himself in the Foot
A DEA Agent speaking to a classroom full of kids at the Orlando Youth Minority Golf Association. The agent explains to the class that he is the only one professional enough in the room to carry a Glock 40. A moment later.. BANG! The agent accidentally discharged the firearm and shot himself in the foot. The agent then tries to continue his speech. Did you see which safety rules he violated?
Las Vegas Police Accidental Discharge
The female officer in this video accidentally discharges her firearm during an arrest. She is providing cover for her partner. Standing with her firearm drawn, she accidentally discharges the weapon and nearly misses the suspect and her partner. Did you see which safety rules she violated?