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May 27, 2019

6 Gun Safety Tips

The subject of gun ownership in the U.S. is one of the most complex and controversial topics for political and cultural experts. Gun safety rules and education programs are perhaps the one area all sides of the debate can agree on with access to a firearm increasing the chances of suicide by three times, according to Everytown Research. Keeping family, friends, and the wider community safe from harm should be the most important factor in owning a gun for all people.

1. Do not keep your gun loaded

This may seem like a no-brainer, but the number of non-intentional shootings in the U.S. hit 606 deaths in 2010 in America alone, Giffords Law Center reports. By unloading a firearm every time it is not in use the chances of an accidental shooting is reduced.

2. Point the gun in a safe direction

Once you have decided the time has come to use your weapon and loaded it, you should take precautions not to point your firearm at any individual. Use your common sense and always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction to avoid any accidental shooting situations, the NRA reports.

3. Stay away from the trigger

Like most of the rules in this list, this may seem like common sense but it is often ignored by the majority of firearm users. The only time your finger should make its way towards the trigger is when you are ready to fire at a target. If you are moving around with your finger on the trigger you are at a higher risk of accidentally discharging your firearm.

4. Protect the eyes and ears

Firing a gun is loud and dangerous with the noise made by a firearm incredibly loud. Wearing ear protectors is the first step to take if you are hoping to protect your hearing for the future when firing a gun. The eyes of the shooter are also at risk if there is a problem with the gun when fired and should be protected with safety goggles at all times.

5. Never handle a gun when intoxicated

This may sound obvious but is one of the most important tips to follow. Whenever you have been drinking alcohol or taking medications which can alter your behavior you should not trust yourself to handle a gun safely.

6. Know how to handle problems

One of the most dangerous times for a firearms owner is when a problem occurs and the gun does not react as one expects. For example, a misfire should be handled by aiming at the intended target for 30 seconds after the misfire occurs to ensure it is not simply a delay in the firing mechanism.

Following these few tips and those you identify for yourself should help keep you safe when using a gun. During the Vietnam War from 1955 to 1975, around 58,000 U.S. soldiers died with this total less than the number of civilians killed every two years in America. Staying safe when using a gun is vital to avoiding joining the thousands of U.S. citizens killed and injured by firearms every year.

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