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The most basic rules of firearm safety:
Always treat every firearm as if it were loaded at all times.
Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target
and you are ready to fire.
Be sure of your target and everything beyond it.
Control muzzle (barrel) direction at all times.
Only point a firearm at things you want to shoot.
It is impossible to have an accident without breaking at least one of the
Before handling a firearm, understand how it works.
Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.
Keep the safety on until you are ready to fire, but do not rely on it.
Ensure the firearm is unloaded and the action is open before handing
the firearm to someone else.
Never shoot a rifle at any hard or flat surface, or at water.
Don't handle firearms while affected by alcohol or drugs of any
other kind, including phamaceuticals.
Do not assume that a gun is secure. Some firearms have excellent
security systems to prevent accidental firing (e.g. when dropped),
Don't cross a fence or climb a tree with a loaded firearm.
Never carry a firearm with the hammer fully cocked.
Keep your firearm unloaded when you are not using it.
Store your firearm and ammunition in separate locked
places. Ensure no child has access to your firearm(s).