Hunting & Holiday Season Gun SafetyThe Fall and Winter hunting and holiday seasons are a great time of the year for getting family together to enjoy the tradition of shooting sports. For the most part, children are home from school, and there are more hunting trips planned during the holidays than any other time of the year. Firearms also make great gifts. For these same reasons and many more, statistics show a spike in accidental shootings during this time of the year. Fortunately, these accidents are preventable and simple firearm safety is the answer.
Remember, along with your Second Amendment Right to keep and bear arms comes a great responsibility to protect yourself, your family and everyone else from accidents, which may be caused by your firearms. For most gun owners, there is an instinct and top of mind safety awareness that is exercised every time a firearm is handled.
Here in California, a safe handling demonstration is performed in front of a representative of a licensed FFL dealer before he/she can complete the sale. A certified instructor will show the consumer how to perform a chamber check to see if the firearm is loaded, then safely load and unload the weapon. They will usually take their time and help if the need arises. If the purchaser cannot demonstrate safe handling of the firearm after several attempts, they receive a fail and will not be able to take possession of the firearm thereby stopping the sale. Not all states have similar laws ensuring the safe handling of a firearm.
It’s not enough to just own a firearm or have one in your home for protection. Training is a must and safety needs to be exercised every time a firearm is handled. For any new gun owner, I highly recommend a firearm safety course at the very least and always remember the Safety Rules of Firearms:
It is wise to lock your firearms in a safe to keep them out of
reach of children, teens or inexperienced shooters in your home. A proper safe
can also protect your firearms from theft or fire. If you are planning to give
a firearm as a gift, or if you are purchasing your first firearm, consider getting
a safe to accompany it. If you need assistance in choosing the right safe for
your particular situation, give Vault Pro a call and one of our pro’s will be
more than happy to help.
- Treat your firearm as if it is always loaded!!!
- Keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
- Know what you're shooting at, what’s around it, and what's beyond it.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe holiday season,