Do you own a gun? If yes, then you should make sure you are being a responsible gun owner. There are several steps you can take to achieve that goal. Below we list those basic steps.
Always treat all guns as loaded
You have to treat all guns as loaded for you to be considered a responsible gun owner. Even if you do not own the gun yourself, you should always try to check if it is loaded. If you are not sure how to do it, then you should leave the gun untouched. Let someone who knows how to do it check if it is loaded.
Always point the Gun away from you or others
You should make sure that the gun is always pointed away from you or other people. That direction should be the safest you can think of. Even if you are alone, that rule should always be observed. For example, you should avoid pointing your gun top wards an entrance into the premises.
Keep your fingers off the trigger
Avoid holding the trigger as a way for holding onto the gun. Only the handle should be used to holds the gun. The trigger is only for firing the gun. Resting your finger on the trigger could accidentally trigger the gun. That can happen if you get startled by a loud noise and accidentally flex your finger muscle, or you just forget you are holding the gun during a conversation.
Be aware of your surroundings
Sometimes the bullet may miss the target or just shoot through the target. If that happens, it could harm those who are on the other side of your target. You should therefore make sure that you avoid shooting if you have not confirmed there is no one within the shooting range of your gun.
Be sure of your target
You should never fire at a target that you are not sure of being what you wanted to shoot. Do not just fire because of a slight movement that you have seen or color without being positively sure that what you are seeing is the target you are after. Otherwise you might accidentally shoot someone or something that you should not have shot.
Know how to operate your gun
You should know your gun very well. All guns are different. Just because a gun is similar to another one you are used to operate does not mean they operate precisely the same way. You should therefore learn to load, unload and clear your gun safely. You should be comfortable in using it in every way before you start using it.
You should use a gun-safe to make sure that your guns are stored safely when you are not around to guard them. You can also use a trigger lock to make sure the trigger is not accidentally pulled, causing damage or death. By using a combination of the locking device and storage container, you make the gun safe for those around you, who might otherwise be harmed by the gun if it lands in the wrong hands.