From the time an individual picks up a firearm, that individual shooter becomes a part of a system over which he has complete control. He is the only part of the system that can make a gun safe - or unsafe. Hunting and target shooting are among the safest of all sports. This booklet is intended to make them even safer - by re-emphasizing and reaffirming the basics of safe gun handling and storage and by reminding each individual shooter that he or she is the key to firearms safety. You can help meet this responsibility by enrolling in hunter safety or shooting safety courses. You must constantly stress safety when handling firearms, especially to children and non-shooters. Newcomers in particular must be closely supervised when handling firearms with which they may not be acquainted. Don't be timid when it comes to gun safety. If you observe anyone violating any safety precautions, you have an obligation to suggest safer handling practices, such a those in this booklet. Please read these rules carefully and follow the safety procedures outlined. Firearms safety is up to you. Make no mistake about it.
1. ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION
2. FIREARMS SHOULD BE UNLOADED WHEN NOT ACTUALLY IN USE
3. DON'T RELY ON YOUR GUN'S "SAFETY"
4. BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND IT
5. USE CORRECT AMMUNITION
6. IF YOUR GUN FAILS TO FIRE WHEN THE TRIGGER IS PULLED, HANDLE WITH CARE
7. ALWAYS WEAR EYE AND EAR PROTECTION WHEN SHOOTING
8. BE SURE THE BARREL IS CLEAR OF OBSTRUCTIONS BEFORE SHOOTING
9. DO NOT ALTER OR MODIFY YOUR GUN, AND HAVE GUNS SERVICED REGULARLY
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