Firearm Responsibility

Be a Responsible Gun Owner

Being a responsible firearms owner means ensuring your firearms are used safely, legally, and stored securely when not in use.

Ask any firearm instructor how to be a responsible firearm owner, and you’ll likely receive an earful about the three major gun safety rules. That’s because there’s some disconnect between being a responsible gun owner and being safe when using a firearm. We’ve attended many, many fundamental to advanced safety classes. When it comes to being a responsible firearms owner, there’s maybe a thirty-second mention of the subject. We’ve yet to see an in-depth conversation about the topic.

By taking the proper steps and being a responsible gun owner, you can help to prevent accidents, keep firearms out of the wrong hands, and ensure that firearms are used safely and legally.

Here are some essential steps to take:

Store your firearms securely: Store them in a locked safe, cabinet, or other secure location, inaccessible to unauthorized individuals, especially children. Always keep ammunition separate from firearms.

Know the law: Familiarize yourself with local, state, and federal laws regarding firearms ownership, possession, and use. Follow all applicable laws and regulations.

Get proper training: Seek out training from a qualified instructor to learn safe handling and shooting techniques. Practice regularly to maintain your skills.

Secure your firearms during transport: Ensure they are unloaded and secured in a locked case or another secure container.

Be responsible with your firearms: Never lend firearms to someone not authorized to use them, and never use firearms under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Report lost or stolen firearms: If your firearms are lost or stolen, report the loss to the police immediately.

Gun Storage for Children and Unauthorized Persons

Gun storage for children and unauthorized persons is essential to ensure safety. Here are some additional tips for gun storage:

1. Lock up your guns: Keep your guns in a locked safe, cabinet, or vault. This will prevent children and unauthorized persons from accessing them.

2. Use trigger locks: Use trigger locks to prevent unauthorized use of your guns. These locks discourage the gun from firing by locking the trigger in place.

3. Keep ammunition separate: Store your ammunition separately from your guns. This will prevent unauthorized persons from accessing both the firearm and ammunition.

4. Educate your children: Educate your children on gun safety and the dangers of guns. Teach them never to touch a gun without adult supervision.

5. Be responsible: Always be accountable with your guns. Never leave them unattended or loaded; always keep them out of reach of children and unauthorized persons.

Remember, gun safety is everyone’s responsibility. Following these tips can help prevent accidents and keep your loved ones safe.

David Streb
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Microsoft Training providers, trainers, and Microsoft Partners. Mr. Streb achieved the highly respected certification as an NRA Certified Instructor and later as an NRA Certified Training Counselor. Mr. Streb developed the Hell Week® instructor program nationally recognized by the NRA and across the U.S. for firearms instructor certification. Mr. Streb plans to take the "NRA Basic Instructor Training Courses" to the next level. This program will develop firearm instructors who exceed the NRA "Basic" development program and deliver advanced instructor training.

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