Firearm Safety Guidelines
The following are a number of firearm safety guidelines for handling and storing firearms, excerpted from the Firearm Usage and Maintenance Manual.
- When handling a firearm, always assume it is loaded.
- Never point a firearm at a person or object that you do not wish to fire at, even if you are sure the firearm is not loaded.
- Do not place your finger near the trigger until the firearm is aimed at your target and you wish to fire (whether loaded or not).
- When training and when firing, identify your target and its surroundings.
- Firearms should always be properly maintained and fully operational.
- You should be familiar with your firearm and how it works.
- Never carry a firearm unless you are familiar with how it works.
- You should only train with a firearm, even if it is unloaded, at an approved shooting range.
- At a shooting range, follow all safety rules and guidelines provided by the range manager and shooting instructor.
- Do not shoot at impenetrable targets, lest the bullet ricochet.
- Update your ammunition on a regular basis, and never use damaged ammunition (dented, corroded or loose bullets).
- Training ammunition provided at a shooting range should only be used there, and it is forbidden to remove the ammunition from those premises.
- Firearms at home should be stored in a locked location, out of the reach of children as well as adults.
- It is recommended to store firearms in a safe, located out of site.
- The firearm should be disarmed before being stored.
- When storing your firearm, the firearm, ammunition and magazine should all be stored in separate locations in order to make it difficult to locate the objects and load the firearm.
- Firearms and ammunition should never be left in an automobile, and it is a criminal offense to do so.