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Safety Tips & Rules

The NRA recommends the following list of safety rules and precautions* for gunowners.

Golden Rules

  • Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  • Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use

NRA Gun Safety Rules

  • Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
  • Know how to safely use the gun.
  • Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
  • Know your target and what is beyond.
  • Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
  • Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting.
  • Store guns so that they are not accessible to unauthorized persons (especially children).

* Reference "The Basics of Personal Protection" - an educational training publication of the National Rifle Association. Reprinted by permission of the National Rifle Association of America.