The Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety
Attention! The information on this page may save your life or the lives of your friends and family.
The Four Primary Rules of Firearm Safety
Always control the muzzle of your firearm.
Keep it pointed in a safe direction at all times.
Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
This is the best way to prevent an accidental discharge.
Treat every firearm as if it were loaded, and keep it unloaded until ready to fire.
Know your target and what is in front of it and beyond it.
Know the identifying features of the game you hunt. Make sure you have an adequate backstop—don’t shoot at a flat, hard surface or water.
Additional Rules About Firearm Safety
Check your barrel and ammunition.
Make sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions, and carry only the proper ammunition for your firearm.
Unload firearms when not in use.
Leave actions open, and carry firearms in cases and unloaded to and from the shooting area.
Point a firearm only at something you intend to shoot.
Avoid all horseplay with a gun.
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.
Store firearms and ammunition separately and safely.
Store each in secured locations beyond the reach of children and careless adults.
Avoid alcoholic beverages before and during shooting.
Also avoid mind- or behavior-altering medicines or drugs.