Owning a gun comes with great responsibility no matter what your circumstance is. Here at Hollowpoint, we believe that everyone should know crucial safety protocols regardless of if you have a gun or not, have owned a gun for a week or 50 years or if you're an armature or a pro gun user. That being said, here are some tips that will help you maximize your gun safety in any circumstance.
Let's start with some tips for gun owners and users.
Tip One: Clean your gun inside and out after every use. If you only use your weapon in emergencies, you need to still clean it every three to six months. Before cleaning your gun, make sure to take the magazine out and be certain the bullet chamber is empty.
Tip Two: Always keep your weapons under lock and key when you are not using them. Keeping guns in easily accessible areas causes danger to everyone. Children can grab them thinking it's a toy, the gun can miss fire and injure anyone in its scope and if an emergency occurs the weapon can be used against you. Keeping your weapons in a locked or coded safe in your bedroom, garage or safe room will help prevent misuse of your weapons.
Tip Three: When using your weapon, never have your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot with the muzzle pointed only at the object you are shooting. Be sure you have taken into account all environmental obstacles, such as wind, trees, distance and elevation. When you are ready to shoot, be aware of others in the surrounding area. If anyone is in front of you, instruct them to retreat to a safe distance behind you before putting your finger on the trigger.
Tip Four: In Florida, you can conceal your weapon if you have a permit. When concealing your weapon, check that the safety is on and your holster isn't damaged in any way. If people ask if you are concealing a weapon, answer directly, honestly and reassure them that they are safe. When carrying or transporting a gun, you must keep it in a glove box or a vehicle storage container.
Tip Five: The most important safety rule to remember is: ALWAYS ASSUME that any gun is loaded. Take the magazine out, empty the chamber and examine the safety lock. Even if someone does all of this before handing you the weapon, it is still important for you to repeat the safety check.
Now here are some vital tips for non-gun owners and users.
Tip One: Never handle a gun. If you live with someone who owns guns, have them teach you the safe way to use a gun and only use the household weapons in absolute emergencies.
Tip Two: If you see a gun in an easily accessible area, instruct the owner to lock the gun in a safe that is out of reach from children and away from frequented rooms. Never pick it up to move it or attempt to disarm the gun.
Tip Three: If you see a concealed weapon in public, do not panic. The gun holder has been permitted to carry his/her weapon and is only armed in case of extreme emergencies. If the gun owner is not fully concealing his/her weapon in public, or if they are showing the weapon to others notify the nearest authority immediately.
Tip Four: The most important tip for non-gun owners or users is to GET EDUCATED. No matter if there are guns in your home, it is always smart to stay up to date on weapon laws, procedures and safety because you may encounter a gun one day and you'll want to keep yourself and others protected.
Whether you have a gun or not, we encourage you to learn everything you can about guns and gun safety. To get educated, visit a gun store or range, ask the employee to teach you about guns and, if you are comfortable, have the expert supervise you handling a beginner's weapon.