Gun Safety

When using a firearm, be sure to follow the five primary safety rules.

You can remember these rules by thinking S.M.A.R.T.:

  • Safe Direction: Keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction at all times.
  • Make Sure: Positively identify your target.
  • Always Check: Know what’s beyond your target before shooting.
  • Respect Firearms: Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.
  • Trigger Caution: Don’t touch the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.

Here are additional firearm safety rules that you should know:

  • Check your barrel and ammunition.
  • Unload firearm when not in use.
  • Point a firearm only at something you intend to shoot.
  • Don't run, jump, or climb with a loaded firearm.
  • Store firearms and ammunition separately and safely.
  • Don't drink alcoholic beverages before or during shooting.
  • Keep firearms away from mentally ill and uneducated people