These are some basic rules for firearm use, regardless of the type. Follow these to avoid potentially deadly accidents:

  • Always treat a firearm as if it is loaded, with a bullet in the chamber and ready to fire.
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire.
  • Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. Never point the muzzle at anything you do not wish to destroy.
  • Keep the weapon’s safety mechanism engaged until you are in a combat or firing situation.
  • Make sure the slide or bolt is locked open, or the cylinder is held open, and the chamber is empty when handing a gun to someone else.
  • Remove the magazine or bullets and check to be sure the chamber is empty before storing or transferring a firearm.