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As an American citizen, you have the right to bear arms. However, just because you have the right to hold a gun does not mean that you should take this privilege lightly. Guns are very dangerous weapons, and they should always be handled with care. Therefore, the first thing you should do before using a gun or even purchasing the weapon is to become familiar with all of the safety tips you can. Whether these tips concern storage inside the home or gun use in hunting, it is imperative that you are as knowledgeable as possible about how to stay safe when handling this weapon. By not taking the time to learn about these tips, you are risking injury, either for yourself, for someone you know or for a complete stranger. And even though you might be engaging in an activity that is legal and acceptable in the United States, namely hunting, the last thing you want to do is to be the reason that anyone gets hurt. Fortunately, we have compiled a list of 10 important tips that will help you avoid any problems in the future. In order to be safe, you simply have to keep in mind the following:

  1. Point the gun’s muzzle in a safe direction: In terms of what is meant by “safe direction,” simply make sure that your weapon is not pointed at a living thing when it is not in use. The idea here is to avoid injury in the event the gun is fired by accident.
  2. Don’t put too much reliance on the weapon’s safety feature: Just because your gun has its safety on does not mean that it cannot go off. Due to the fact that the safety is a mechanical feature, which therefore can become dysfunctional at any point in time, you have to make sure that you are always careful when handling a gun.
  3. Make sure you know what is behind your target: When you are hunting, it pays not to be impulsive and to know exactly what lies beyond your target, since you will not be able to stop a shot that is already fired.
  4. Always wear protection: In addition to the right clothes for camouflaging yourself, as a hunter, you should always wear ear and eye protection as defense from the shots.
  5. Always service your guns: Guns, like countless other devices, should be serviced regularly to make sure they are in working order.
  6. Keep your finger off the trigger until you shoot: You should not touch the trigger at all until you have your kill in your sights and are ready to take the shot. This will help you avoid accidental fire.
  7. Always unload a gun when you are not using it: Whether you are storing the gun at home or in a camping location, it is important that you remove all cartridges when you are not planning to use the gun.
  8. Store bullets away from your gun: This is especially important if you have children in the household. In addition to making sure that guns are stored in a place where children cannot reach them, bullets should not be near to prevent injury.
  9. Educate your friends and family: It is never too early to learn about gun safety – only too late. You should teach everyone in your household the importance of gun safety in order to prevent any avoidable accidents.
  10. Be very careful if you pull the trigger and the gun doesn’t fire: There is a chance that your gun will fire if the trigger is pulled again, so be sure to keep the breech of the weapon away from your face and point the gun in a safe direction so that you can unload the bullet and dispose of it carefully.
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