Rule 1: All guns are loaded, always
This rule means that you must always treat every firearm as if it is loaded and armed. A great tip is always to assume that every gun you come in contact with is loaded until and unless you physically verified by yourself on what condition the firearm is in. And remember to never rely on anyone’s word for it. Bear in mind that the moment you hold a gun in your hand, you are solely responsible for it and anything that occurs after while being in your possession. If you lack the sufficient knowledge on how a gun works, it is best to leave it alone and seek a knowledgeable person to show you.
Rule 2: Never point the firearm at anything you are not willing to shoot, ever
You must always be 100 percent aware of where your gun is aimed at all times. Never, ever, point the gun at anything you are not willing to shoot and destroy. This is the rule which saves lives from being taken by accident. You must remember to practice due caution and diligence at all times when handling a firearm since it is an enormous responsibility.
Rule 3: Keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard
Remember to practice safety first before making the conscious decision to shoot. Tend to always keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard until and unless you have the target in sight and is ready to fire upon the target. Remember that if you have your finger on the trigger and is startled in some way or the other, your brain will tend to react with a first response which will result in tightening every muscle in the body, including the trigger finger and resulting in the unwanted firing of the gun. This is the reason why you should keep your finger outside the trigger guard.
Rule 4: Be sure of your target and what’s beyond and around
The hand that carries the gun is responsible for whatever is being done by the weapon. If you fire a bullet, only you and you are solely responsible for it, regardless of where it lands. You must know in advance where your shot will reach when you fire it. You must also know where it may hit if it misses your intended target. Remember how much energy it carries and what it can go through to kill or hurt.
Rule 5: Always lock up your guns
Whether you use a handgun, trigger lock or cabinet safety; always maintain your firearms locked. When having children around, them being natural curious always arises a chance of someone accessing your guns. So be smart and always keep them locked away safely.