Firearm Safety is so important.
The person using a firearm should understand how to handle a firearm.
Firearm Safety Rule 1: Open the action
Each time you pick up a firearm you should open the action and check to see if the firearm is loaded. Also, when another person hands you a firearm, do not accept it unless the firearm is unloaded and the action is open. In other words, you should treat the firearm as if it were loaded.
Firearm Safety Rule 2: Your Gun’s Safety
The safety serves as a supplement to proper gun handling but common sense is the key to firearm safety. Always remember that the safety on a gun is just like any piece of equipment and can malfunction.
So just because you think the safety is on and operable, you should still be careful and perform your basic firearm safety steps. Treat every gun as though it is loaded and can fire at any time.
Firearm Safety Rule 3: Half-safe is unsafe
Another important firearm safety rule is to never place the safety in between positions. Keep the safety “on” until you are absolutely ready to fire.
The firing mechanism could actuate even if the safety is on. Any quick blow or even dropping the gun can create a firearm safety problem. So never put your gun in a position where it has the possibility of being dropped on the floor or ground.
The only time you can be absolutely certain that a gun cannot fire is when the action is open and it is completely empty. Again, never rely on your gun’s safety to be the primary safety control.
Firearm Safety Rule 4: Don’t Touch The Trigger
Never touch the trigger on a firearm until you actually intend to shoot. Keep your fingers away from the trigger while loading or unloading. Never pull the trigger on any firearm with the safety on the “safe” position or anywhere in between “safe” and “fire.”
It is possible that the gun can fire at any time. Even without touching the trigger the gun can fire later when you release the safety. So remember, always handle firearms as if they were loaded.