If you own a gun or have one in your home, you have likely heard several gun safety rules. There are a few basic ones and then there are additional ones to be mindful of. However, if you ALWAYS practice these, then the others just follow suit anyways.
Gun safety rules:
- Keep your gun unloaded until ready to shoot
- Keep your gun pointed in a safe direction
- Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot
- Know your target and what’s beyond it
- Know how to use your gun safely
- Store appropriately so they are accessible to only you.
Seems simple enough, right? One would think, but yet there are these “gun accidents” that happen. Let me be clear… there is NO such thing as an firearm accident. It is IMPROPER FIREARM HANDLING!
For example, I was looking for a stock photo for my website and I have to say… the photos for guns, women or firearms in general, are RIDICULOUS! This simple fact does NOT help our industry! Firearms safety is paramount so you have to practice safety at all times so it becomes second nature. So this picture here is of a person using their jeans pocket to store or conceal or whatever his gun. Further, while doing so, he has his finger on the trigger while doing so. This has so many red flags it’s ridiculous.
“Accidental” firearm discharge
So, what happens if as he is putting this gun, that his finger is on the trigger, in his pocket and gets caught up on a rivet – bang! He could “accidently” hit the trigger from outside of his pants since the trigger isn’t guarded too – bang! Remember the rule – #3 – keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot – clearly he wasn’t paying attention to that unless his plan WAS to shoot down his leg?
Keep this in mind when you are considering a gun holster.. that it should be secure and at least have something to protect the trigger from “accidently” getting pulled by something in your clothes, your fingers, in your purse, etc.
Should you need help going over some basic firearms safety, picking out a gun or a way to carry, I can definitely work with you. Please contact me and let me know what you need to work on and we’ll make a plan.