A recent gun accident at a local firing range resulted in a man seeking medical care after his wife accidentally shot him in the leg. While guns can be dangerous and even deadly, following the proper safety procedures can prevent gun accidents.
- Always unload your gun after use. Make sure all ammunition has been removed, and store it in a safe location.
- Guns and ammunition should be stored in a locked cabinet or other location where they are not accidentally accessed, particularly if you have young children around. Even if you think your gun is unloaded, do not allow children easy access to it. Accidents happen.
- Never point a gun at another person in a joking manner. If it is loaded, it could go off unintentionally. Even if you think the gun is unloaded, you could be wrong, and you could accidentally shoot the other person.
- When not shooting, whether the gun is loaded or not, keep it pointed in a safe direction. Often, this is toward the ground, away from your feet or anyone else’s feet.
- Whether hunting or shooting at a firing range, give those with guns space. You do not want to get shot accidentally. Even if you are just standing too close to the person, you could be hurt by the gun’s kickback.
- Be aware of others in your party when using a gun. Make sure others know when you are going to shoot and that they are not going walk in your front of you or otherwise place themselves in danger. When hunting or shooting at a firing range, you should also be aware of the location of other parties shooting near you.
- Never use firearms with someone who is unwilling to follow basic gun safety. Offending a friend is better than a gun injury or fatality.
- Teach proper gun safety to your children and others who will be shooting with you.