When handling, using, or storing any type of firearm, safety must be
your first concern. Gun safety rules must be understood and applied in all
situations involving firearms.
The THREE CARDINAL RULES of
firearm safety must ALWAYS be
applied simultaneously when handling or using a firearm:
1. Treat all firearms as if
they are loaded. You must assume all firearms are loaded until you have
personally conducted an inspection. If a firearm has been out of your
control for any period of time, you must consider the firearm as loaded,
until you have determined that it has been rendered safe.
2. Always point your firearm
in a safe direction. A safe direction is defined as; The pointing of
a muzzle in a direction, that if a discharge occurs at that moment, the
result would be minor property damage without personal injury.
3. Keep your finger off the
trigger until you are on target and have decided to fire. The improper
handling of firearms and the involuntary muscle contractions, are
responsible for the majority of unintentional discharges.
The following gun safety rules should also be observed when using or
storing a gun:
* Treat all guns as if they were loaded.
* Know your target and what is beyond it.
* Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
* Know how to use the gun safely.
* Use only the correct ammunition for your
* Always wear hearing and eye protection.
* Never use alcohol or drugs before or
* Store guns so they are not accessible to
or unauthorized persons.
*Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities
require additional safety precautions.
* It is a CRIME in the State of New Jersey
to allow a minor to have access of a loaded firearm. (2C:58-15, 2C:58-16)
*It is a CRIME in the State of New Jersey to
possess a firearm, real or imitation, for an unlawful
These are just a few basic firearm safety rules. Basic common sense and
caution should always be used when handling or using any firearms.