SAFETY                                                  Parent's Guide to Gun Safety
                                                                                      Hunter Education - Nebraska
 
ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.
 
ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
When holding a gun, rest your finger along the side of the gun, above the trigger guard. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.
 
ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.
 
ALWAYS be sure of your target and of what is beyond and around it.

Positively identify and verify your target. Even when firing at a valid target, unintended targets may still be hit, for these reasons:

  1. The bullet may miss the intended target and hit a non-target around or beyond the target.
  2. A non-target may pass in front of the intended target and be hit with a bullet aimed at the intended target.
  3. The bullet may pass through the intended target and hit a non-target beyond it, so called "over penetration".
ALWAYS keep the gun locked, secured or in a safe AND OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

Teach children to do the following if they find an unattended, unsecured gun:

  1. STOP
  2. DON’T TOUCH
  3. LEAVE THE AREA
  4. TELL AN ADULT