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“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” — 1791

Three Rules of Firearm Safety

The most important aspect of responsible firearm ownership is SAFETY! There are three rules of firearms safety that must always be followed. If these three rules are always followed, you will avoid the possibility of becoming a Darwin Award winner. If you make a mistake and forget, as long as at least two of these rules are always followed, you may still have to do the walk of shame, but you'll keep an embarassing situation from becoming an emergency situation. Remember, the habits you develop now are the habits that will stick with you.

Rule #1
ALWAYS keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction

Man Pointing Gun at Himself

You should never point a firearm at anything you do not wish to destroy. This includes yourself. Even if the firearm is "unloaded." Countless people are injured every year as a result of accidents with firearms they thought were unloaded. ALWAYS be aware of where the muzzle of your firearm is pointed, even if the action is opened and you have visually and physically verified that it is unloaded.

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Rule #2
ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot

Proper Trigger Discipline

It takes less than 1/10th of a second to move your finger from the safe position shown, and place it inside the trigger guard and on the trigger to get ready to shoot. By keeping your finger off of the trigger until you are ready to shoot, you avoid the possibility of shooting something other than your intended target.

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Rule #3
ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

Unloaded Revolver

When practicing, training, or storing your firearms, be sure to keep them unloaded until you are ready to begin shooting, and have been cleared to do so.

NOTE: This DOES NOT mean that you shoud carry an unloaded firearm. Any firearm used for self defense, whether in the home, or carried in public, MUST be considered ready for use, and therefore, MUST be loaded

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