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The job of the safety is to prevent a firearm from firing. When the safety is “on,” the gun should not be able to fire. When the safety is “off,” the gun is ready to fire. The safety is located in different places on different shotguns. Be sure you know the location of the safety on your shotgun! Use the safety at all times.

Typical locations of safeties on shotguns
The red outlines indicate where safeties are typically located on a shotgun.