L3 – 12.3 Primary Firearm Safety Rules

Primary Firearm Safety Rules

The following firearm safety rules must always be followed:

  1. Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
    • If you are unsure of the firearms status, you must always assume the firearm is loaded.
    • Do not take someone else’s word that a firearm is not loaded.
  2. Keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction.
    • Safe direction is defined as any direction where the bullet will not harm a person if the firearm is discharged. This includes not flagging yourself with the barrel.
    • Never point the firearm at anything you do not wish to shoot or destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off and away from the trigger until you are ready to fire.
    • This is known as high safe index.
    • The purpose of this is to ensure you do not unintentionally squeeze the trigger before you intend to fire. For example, if you were to trip, fall, or be startled.
  4. Be certain of your target and what is in front of and/or beyond it.
    • Know if you were to shoot at the designated target, the bullet could safely pass through the target and not damage or injure anything or anybody beyond the target.

Safety is always the number one priority. You are responsible for every bullet fired from your gun. Violating one or more of these safety rules can cause serious injury or death may occur. These safety rules do not have to be followed in a specific order.