Gun Safety Awareness

What would you do if you walked into a room and saw this laying on the bed?

Until a few months ago, I had no idea either. I had no idea what I would have done if someone handed me a firearm, if I saw a gun, or what to do in an uncomfortable situation. I recently got my first gun and now I know what to do with them. After reading this blog, you will know too. Shooting targets is an adrenaline rush, and so much fun, but guns are also very dangerous. It is important to understand how to handle firearms even if you don’t own one. You never know when a gun may fall into your hand, or when you are put into an uncomfortable position.

If someone ever hands you a gun the first thing you need to do is take the clip out. On most guns there is a button close to the clip that you can push in, then the clip will come out when you pull on the clip.
               Here is what a clip looks like being taken out of the gun.

The safety is on in this picture (the latch is up).

The next thing you need to do is make sure that there is not a bullet in the chamber. It is important to note that just because the clip is out of the gun, there still may be a bullet in the gun. To take the extra bullet out of the gun you need to pull back on the slide and tip the gun until the bullet falls out. The slide is the part of the gun that is able to slide back.

It is very, very important to keep your firearm on safety, especially if you are showing someone your gun or storing your gun around people (children) that do not know how to operate a gun. To do this there are four things you can do.

1)      There is a switch/latch by the slide. When you pull the slide back (like you would if you were taking the extra bullet out) you can push the latch up. This will lock the gun open, and unable to shoot.
 2)      If the gun is closed, you can also push the latch up. This will keep the gun locked, but has a better chance of shooting than if the gun was open.

3)      You can open the gun, empty the bullets, and put a lock on it.

4)      The last way to keep your gun in safety mode is to take it apart. A gun cannot shoot if the parts are not put together. Depending on your purpose for the gun (safety, play, show) you may or may not want to do this.

There are also four universal shooting guidelines:

1)      Treat every gun as if it were loaded.

2)      Never point a gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.

3)      Always be sure to know what is beyond what you are shooting.

4)      Never place your finger on the trigger unless you are ready to shoot.

One of the most important things to know when dealing with gun safety is drug, alcohol, and guns do not mix. Do not ever operate or show a gun under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Storage of guns is another important area of gun safety. You need to store your gun in an accessible, secure place. A bottom drawer when children are in the home is not safe. You may want to keep a gun on the top shelf in your closet if you do not have a safe. You want to keep your gun out of children’s reach. Deciding where to store your gun is up to you, but keep in mind that if you need the gun immediately it needs to be fairly accessible to you. Do not store it where it can accidently fire (under a pillow, in a messy drawer, etc.) or where it is accessible to children.

Gun safety is especially important when children are in the home or vehicle. I hear a new accidental shooting on the news all the time. There have been many accidents like when a little boy shot his sister, or when an 8 year old boy shot a classmate. These events would not happen if the gun was not accessible to the child.  

Now that you know about firearm safety, you can be safe all the time, get your CCW license! If you would like to carry your gun on your person (hip, in a purse, etc.) you need to get your Concealed Carry Weapon license (CCW). To obtain your CCW you must take a class and register with the county. The CCW class costs anywhere from $85 to $125 in Nevada. This class is about 8 hours long in which you take written tests, learn about legislation, and shoot your firearm.  Once you pass the  course you need to apply for your CCW license with the county. This normally costs around $125. Once you apply, they conduct an extensive background check to make sure you are able to carry a weapon. If a CCW license isn’t right for you, you can still keep your firearm concealed in your home or your vehicle because it is not on your person.

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