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5. Check your barrel and ammunition.

Make sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions, and carry only the proper ammunition for your gun.

Data stamp on ammunition

6. Unload firearms when not in use.

Leave actions open, and carry firearms in cases and unloaded to and from the shooting area.

Hunter casing rifle for safe transport

7. Point a firearm only at something you intend to shoot.

Avoid all horseplay with a gun.

Hunter taking aim at a deer

8. Don't run, jump, or climb with a loaded firearm.

Unload a firearm before you climb a fence or tree, or jump a ditch. Pull a firearm toward you by the butt, not the muzzle.

Two hunters crossing fence

9. Store firearms and ammunition separately and safely.

Store each in secured locations beyond the reach of children and careless adults.

Locked handgun case

10. Avoid alcoholic beverages before and during shooting.

Also avoid mind- or behavior-altering medicines or drugs.

Do not mix guns and alcohol.
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