Before handling any firearm, understand how it operates.
Not all firearms are the same. Familiarize yourself with the mechanical features of any firearm you intend to use.
Always safely store and secure your firearm.
Safe and secure storage of your firearm is one of the most important responsibilities of firearms ownership.
Always lock and store bullets in separate location.
Secure your firearm and ammunition separately so that they are not accessible to children or other unauthorized persons. Make sure children do not have access to the gun safe/cabinet keys.
Always treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
Do not take anyone’s word that the firearm is unloaded – always check for yourself.
Always keep you firearm pointed in a safe direction.
This is particularly important when loading, unloading, or field stripping the gun.
Never place your finger inside the trigger guard unless you intend to fire.
Your firearm cannot fire unless the trigger is pulled. Ensure that other objects do not touch the trigger.
Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting.
Do not use your firearm if you are on any medication which impairs, even slightly, your mental or physical ability.